Hong Kong denies entry to Human Rights Watch director

Hong Kong denies entry to Human Rights Watch director

Hong Kong denies entry to Human Rights Watch director

"Plenty of facts and evidence show that the relevant NGO has through various means supported anti-China radicals, encouraged them to engage in extremist, violent and criminal activity, and incited Hong Kong independence separatist activities", Geng said.

Roth said he has visited Hong Kong numerous times and this is the first time he has been denied entry.

Hong Kong authorities barred the executive director of Human Rights Watch from entering the semiautonomous Chinese territory, where he was to launch a report reviewing human rights practices around the world that focused heavily on the actions of Beijing.

The city's government has occasionally denied entry to public figures in recent years, mostly to human rights campaigners, journalists or politicians who have criticized China.

Still no word from the authorities on why they barred me from entering Hong Kong to release @HRW's annual report which this year highlights the Chinese government's assault on the worldwide human rights system. Neither Beijing nor Hong Kong authorities have since provided further details - but at the time said these organizations were being punished for their "odious behavior" in Hong Kong.

Kenneth Roth first sent out a video via Twitter at around 8 p.m. local time, saying that he had landed at Hong Kong International Airport in preparation for the January 15 event.

The movement has since morphed into a wider resistance against China's interference in the region's internal affairs, undermining the "One Country, Two Systems" agreement signed in 1997 following Hong Kong's handover from the British Empire.

"This sort of treatment and lack of explanation appeared to be making a weapon of visas and violated press freedom rights in Hong Kong law", the Club said.

Kenneth Roth was supposed to give a press conference in Hong Kong to unveil the New York-based rights group's latest global survey.

Under the agreement, Hong Kong is expected to have a high degree of autonomy from mainland China, and residents enjoy more freedoms than those on the mainland.

The report, which will now be unveiled in NY, is likely to focus primarily on the abuses and excessive violence carried out by police and other security forces in response to pro-democracy demonstrations that broke out past year after the proposal of an extradition bill by Hong Kong's pro-China CEO Carrie Lam that would have allowed criminal suspects to be sent to China for trial.

Human Rights Watch said a Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs official had threatened to impose unspecified "sanctions" against it and several US -based pro-democracy organizations in early December. Under the framework of "one country, two systems", the territory was promised greater democratic rights than are afforded to the mainland.

HRW noted that authorities did not provide a reason for the denial, in a statement. In the report, its 30th edition, Human Rights Watch reviews human rights practices in almost 100 countries.

HRW said in a statement that Mr Roth would now launch the report on January 14 at the United Nations in NY.

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