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Protesters chant as fireworks explode in Hong Kong along the waterfront on new year's eve in Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong Protesters chant as fireworks explode in Hong Kong along the waterfront on new year's eve in Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong Credit REX
Conrad Doyle | 15 January, 2020, 19:57

Mr Roth called the claim "preposterous" as he launched HRW's World Report 2020, which reviews human rights practices in almost 100 countries, at the UN.

Beijing denies any mistreatment of Uighurs or others in Xinjiang, saying it is providing vocational training to help stamp out Islamist extremism and separatism and to teach new skills.

"And while other governments commit serious human rights violations, no other government flexes its political muscles with such vigor and determination to undermine the global human rights standards and institutions that could hold it to account", he said. "We have been making every effort to advance human rights in China".

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.

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".

At the launch event of the HRW report, a Chinese UN diplomat criticized Roth and said the report was full of "prejudice and fabrications".

"Hong Kong is, and will remain, the business bridge between the mainland and the rest of the world", he said.

Protests in the city escalated in June over a now-withdrawn bill which would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, where courts are controlled by the Communist Party.

Roth pointed to the closure of the "modest opening" that existed briefly in recent years for Chinese people to express themselves, civic groups shut down, independent journalism gone, online conversations curtailed, ethnic and religious minorities facing severe persecution, and severe challenges to Hong Kong's limited freedoms under "one country, two systems". Hong Kong and China make up for the largest share of HSBC's revenue.

"The current chief executive (Carrie Lam) is not elected by all Hong Kong citizens", Lee said.

Chinese diplomat Xing Jisheng, who attended the United Nations press launch, spoke at the end calling the report "very prejudicial", saying it has "fabrications" and telling journalists "we completely reject the content". They have since broadened to several demands, including universal suffrage.

"I had hoped to spotlight Beijing's deepening assault on global efforts to uphold human rights", Roth said in a statement on January 12.

Using its economic clout and influence and sometimes its veto in the U.N. Security Council, Roth said, China has sought to block United Nations measures "to protect some of the world's most persecuted people". Researchers also took aim at the actions of Syrian and Russian forces fighting in Syria and Saudi-led coalition attacks on civilians in Yemen.

The UN estimates at least 1 million Uyghurs - a Turkic-speaking Muslim minority - have been detained in mass internment camps, a claim Beijing has repeatedly rejected as fake news.

Mr Roth said several countries that once could have been counted on to defend human rights were also missing in action, including the United States and the European Union whose attention had been diverted by Brexit and division over migration.

The report also urged governments and worldwide financial institutions to offer "compelling, rights-respecting alternatives to China's "no strings" loans and development aid", which has been slammed by critics as a form of "debt-trap" diplomacy.

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