Fri. Jan 22nd, 2021


Beijing: China had an “appalling year” for human rights in 2020, a new report by the leading advocacy group Human Rights Watch found, with a crackdown on dissent in Hong Kong, repression of Muslim Uighurs and the silencing of people reporting on the coronavirus outbreak.

HRW Executive Director Kenneth Roth told Reuters Television in Geneva that China remained the biggest threat to global human rights and that President Xi Jinping had “embarked on the most intense repression” in the country since the Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989.

The Chinese flag flies behind a pair of surveillance cameras outside the Central Government Offices in Hong Kong.

The Chinese flag flies behind a pair of surveillance cameras outside the Central Government Offices in Hong Kong.Credit:Bloomberg

A Chinese court last month handed down a four-year jail term to a citizen-journalist who reported from Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus before it spread across the globe, while others who did the same have disappeared.

“To crack down on whistleblowers and citizen-journalists at this particular moment … helps highlight to the rest of the world what the consequences of violations inside China can be,” Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch (HRW), said after the release of the group’s World Report 2021 on Wednesday evening.



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