Hong Kong bars Human Rights Watch director from entering region

Anti-government protesters demonstrate during a protest at Edinburgh Place in Hong Kong China on Sunday

Anti-government protesters demonstrate during a protest at Edinburgh Place in Hong Kong China on Sunday

"This year (the new world report) describes how the Chinese government is undermining the worldwide human rights system".

"So although I have been able to enter Hong Kong freely before, this time, for the first time, they blocked me".

The decision to bar the executive director of Human Rights Watch (HRW) from entering Hong Kong is a reasonable move, as his presence would likely instigate riots which have rocked the city for months and the Chinese authorities have chose to sanction several US-based non-governmental organizations (NGOs) including HRW for their interference in China's domestic affairs in the city.

On Jan. 12, hundreds of Hongkongers again convened at Edinburgh Place for a rally calling for worldwide sanctions on Chinese and Hong Kong officials for human rights violations.

He added that Hong Kong immigration officials had cited only "immigration reasons".

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"This year (the new world report) describes how the Chinese government is undermining the worldwide human rights system".

However, human rights groups allege that officers were potentially in breach of diplomatic norms, using site plans to back their claims that the pavement was technically British territory. Roth, an American citizen, said in a tweet that he had visited Hong Kong numerous times in the past. They could at least own up to the reason.

Groups such as Human Rights Watch were responsible for the current unrest in Hong Kong, and "deserve sanctions and must pay a price", Geng told reporters at a daily briefing.

"They have limited some protests by denying permits, targeted journalists covering the demonstrations, detained first aid providers trying to help the injured, and failed to condemn Chinese soldiers' brief but unauthorized appearance on the streets of Hong Kong", read one statement published on December 6.

A Hong Kong government spokesperson did not immediately return request for comment, while Hong Kong's Immigration Department said it does not provide information on individual cases.

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The demonstrations originally focused on a now withdrawn bill that would have allowed the extradition of suspects to mainland China, but later evolved into a broader movement demanding democratic reform and investigations into police brutality.

A string of other advocates, artists and academics have been denied entry in recent years, including United States academic Dan Garrett, UK activist Benedict Rogers and Chinese dissident Feng Congde.

"This disappointing action is yet another sign that Beijing is tightening its oppressive grip on Hong Kong and further restricting the limited freedom Hong Kong people enjoy under "one country, two systems", Roth said in the organization's statement.

In another statement, published in August, HRW condemned Hong Kong police for using "excessive force" against protesters, detailing several incidents in which police action violated worldwide standards. Neither Beijing nor Hong Kong has provided further details of what those sanctions might entail, according to HRW.

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