China continues to violate Human Rights of Tibetans, poses existential threat to the rights of people worldwide: HRW annual report

Kenneth Roth, the Executive Director of Human Rights Watch pictured holding their World Report 2020at the United Nations in New York. Image: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri.

DHARAMSALA, 17 Jan: Human Rights Watch has said that China poses an existential threat to the rights of people worldwide and called out China for severely restricting the religious freedom, speech, movement, and assembly, of Tibetans in their 2020 annual report.

The report highlighted how China failed “to redress popular concerns about mining and land grabs by local officials, which often involve intimidation and unlawful use of force by security forces.”

China has “further intensified surveillance of online and phone communication” of Tibetans in 2019, the report added.

It further noted that “authorities in Tibetan areas have also stepped up use of a nationwide anti-crime campaign to encourage people to denounce members of their communities on the slightest suspicion of sympathy for the exiled Dalai Lama or opposition to the government.”

The New York-based rights group’s report also mentioned China’s forced demolition at Yachen Gar and their forced eviction as well as the continued self-immolation of Tibetans in protest against the Chinese government.

The rights group has said China experienced most “pervasive and brutal oppression” it has seen in decades under Xi Jinping and added that the CCP  marked the 70th anniversary of its rule by deepening repression while calling China a threat to human rights around.

“China’s government sees human rights as an existential threat. Its reaction could pose an existential threat to the rights of people worldwide,” the report said.

Calling on the international communities to push back against the regime, the rights group said, “If not challenged, Beijing’s actions portend a dystopian future in which no one is beyond the reach of Chinese censors, and an international human rights system so weakened that it no longer serves as a check on government repression.”

Kenneth Roth, the group’s executive director released its 652-page World Report 2020 on Tuesday at the United Nations in New York. He was originally scheduled to release the report at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Hong Kong before he forced back form Hong Kong airport by Beijing.

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