Hong Kong rally seeks voting rights, worldwide support

Protesters carry a Hong Kong flag and a flag that reads ‘Hong Kong Independence

Protesters carry a Hong Kong flag and a flag that reads ‘Hong Kong Independence

He highlighted China's penalizing of the National Basketball Association following a tweet from Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey backing the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong previous year as evidence of Beijing using its economic influence to intimidate critics.

On housing issues, one of the most pressing problems for Hong Kong, Lam said the SAR government will further increase transitional housing for residents.

Roth spoke with journalists in NY on Tuesday after being denied entry to Hong Kong on Sunday, where he was set to launch a report that covers abuses around the world but focuses on those by Chinese authorities.

High-tech surveillance and censorship tactics pioneered in Xinjiang have previously been rolled out to other parts of the country, and there have been concerns that other religious minorities - including Hui Muslims and Tibetan Buddhists - are facing similar restrictions to those placed on Islam in Xinjiang.

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.

"It is China's sovereign right to decide who shall be granted entry and who shall be denied it", Geng Shuang said at a regular briefing on January 13.

She added she was confident the former British colony, which returned to China in 1997, would bridge divisions and realise its goals of a reunited community and "flourishing" economy.

The New York-listed Yum China could follow the footsteps of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., which raised about $13 billion in a Hong Kong share sale in November, setting the stage for overseas-listed Chinese companies to seek a second listing closer to home.

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Nonetheless, Roth said "much can still be done to defend human rights worldwide from Beijing's frontal attack".

Beijing said the NGOs are encouraging violent crime linked to anti-government protests in Hong Kong that have plagued the city for over six months.

'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, ' he added.

"At home, the Chinese Communist Party, anxious that permitting political freedom would jeopardise its grasp on power, has constructed an Orwellian high-tech surveillance state and a sophisticated internet censorship system to monitor and suppress public criticism", Mr Roth wrote in his essay.

The leader claimed that the Hong Kong administration had been "busy making the most of Hong Kong's manifold advantages" by forging connections between businesses, investors, and financial markets amid "large and alarming" geopolitical concerns, the SCMP noted. He urged foreign leaders and worldwide organizations to put more pressure on China's government.

Roth criticized U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, saying despite the U.N.'s central role in promoting human rights, he has been "unwilling to publicly demand an end to China's mass detention of Turkic Muslims, while heaping praise on Beijing's economic prowess" and its "Belt and Road" infrastructure construction initiative for Asia and beyond.

"An inhospitable terrain for human rights is aiding the Chinese government's attack", the organization said in a statement.

It added that red-carpet treatment for Chinese officials should be conditioned on "real progress on human rights".

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