Reuters: Human Rights Watch slams China’s ‘appalling year’ of violations
Wed January, 2021, Age: 2 weeks
The advocacy group “Human Rights Watch” released its annual report today and, in it, slammed China for its myriad abuses of human rights. China’s “appalling year” saw the arrest of political dissidents in Hong Kong, the issuance of lengthy prison terms to journalists who broke the story of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan early last year, and the mass internment and abuse of China’s Uighur population. HRW Executive Director Kenneth Roth said that in 2020 China, led by President Xi Jinping, “embarked on the most intense repression” campaign since the infamous Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989. The report also upbraided the EU for signing an economic pact with China despite China’s well documented human rights abuses. The EU’s decision to sign an economic accord with China was a German led initiative.