HRW Director: China’s Respect for Human Rights on ‘Downward Trajectory’

Voice of America
Date: January 13, 2020
By: VOA News

Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth speaks during an interview with Reuters in Berlin, Germany, January 16, 2019. Picture taken January 16, 2019. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke – RC1B472FE830

The executive director of Human Rights Watch, Kenneth Roth, says China’s decision to deny him entry into Hong Kong shows "the downward trajectory of Beijing’s respect for human rights."

In an interview with VOA's Mandarin Service Monday, Roth said that his case illustrates the problem in Hong Kong which he said is Beijing’s undermining of the “one country, two systems” arrangement that China agreed to when Hong Kong was returned from Britain.

Roth had traveled to Hong Kong on Sunday with plans to launch the organization's “World Report 2020”.

Human Rights Watch was scheduled to release the report Wednesday at a news conference in Hong Kong. Roth said his introductory essay to the 652-page report "focuses on the way in which the Chinese government has not simply violated the rights of its citizens but is also making increasing efforts to undermine the enforcement of human rights around the world."

Roth said he was told by immigration officials that the reason he was being denied entry into Hong Kong was for “immigration reasons” but was given no further explanation.    [FULL  STORY]