New York-based advocacy group Human Rights Watch on Tuesday blasted "nightmarish" conditions for Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in northwestern China in its annual report on abuses committed around the world.
China is using its economic and diplomatic might to carry out the "most intense attack" ever on the global system for protecting human rights, a leading campaign group said Tuesday, sparking a furious response from a Chinese official.
"If not challenged, Beijing's actions portend a dystopian future in which no one is beyond the reach of Chinese censors, and an global human rights system so weakened that it no longer serves as a check on government repression", Roth said in the report.
Roth held a news conference at the United Nations Correspondents Association in NY after being denied entry to Hong Kong, the semi-autonomous Chinese city where he had been scheduled to release the rights group's annual report.
On Monday, Lam joined other government officials at a regional financial forum in praising Hong Kong's resilience as a financial hub, saying its "strengths and resilience, just like our financial systems, have not been undermined despite (the fact) that we experienced considerable social unrest and challenges".More news: Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G. among Rock Hall inductees
Months of anti-government protests in Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous Chinese territory, have pushed home for many in Taiwan, the contrast between their democratically governed island and authoritarian mainland China.
But the 64-year-old was turned back by authorities at the city's airport on Sunday, with China defending the move by saying HRW had incited pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong.
In a section on Hong Kong, the HRW report said Hong Kong police used "excessive force" to disperse protesters, including by "beating those subdued on the ground".
According to the International Monetary Fund, Hong Kong's economy contracted by 1.9% in 2019.
"Some leaders, such as US President Donald Trump, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, bridle at the same body of worldwide human rights law that China undermines", he wrote.More news: Love Islander quits the villa after three days
"Beijing has long suppressed domestic critics".
"To avoid criticism of them, the Chinese government is trying with increasing ferocity to use its economic and diplomatic clout to silence critical voices overseas and to undermine global institutions that protect human rights", Roth told a news conference at the UN.
Roth stressed that "no other government is simultaneously detaining a million members of an ethnic minority for forced indoctrination and attacking anyone who dares to challenge its repression". Other estimates put the number at two million.
China denies any abuses and calls the camps centers for job training and de-radicalization.
The trade deal between the United States and China, which suffered significant setbacks throughout the year, and yet remains to be signed, also didn't help the city's economic prospects.More news: Flames fan starts GoFundMe to put up Tkachuk billboards in Edmonton
"The European Union has been diverted by Brexit, it's been obstructed by nationalist members, it's been divided over migration and as a result, it's often found it hard to adopt a strong common voice on human rights", he said. He added that Beijing rejected the report's content, and that HRW failed to mention that China has lifted 700 million people out of poverty. Now the Chinese government is trying to extend that censorship to the rest of the world, ' Mr Roth said in the 652-page report.