Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, attends an interview with Reuters in Geneva, Switzerland, January 12, 2021.
REUTERS/Denis Balibouse(Reuters) - China had an “appalling year” for human rights in 2020, a leading advocacy group said on Wednesday, with a crackdown on dissent in Hong Kong, repression of Muslim Uighurs and the silencing of people reporting on the coronavirus outbreak.
“To crack down on whistleblowers and citizen-journalists at this particular moment ... helps highlight to the rest of the world what the consequences of violations inside China can be,” Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch (HRW), said after the release of the group’s World Report 2021.
Richardson, speaking at a webinar, compared the Uighurs’ plight to that of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar but noted a much weaker international response.
“Putting a dent in the Chinese government’s sense of impunity for serious human rights violations is a real priority, we think, for governments and for institutions like the UN,” she said.
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