'Grandma Wong' awaits trial after crossing border to join Hong Kong protests

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

The city will work on stabilizing and developing its economy through various plans and opportunities, including the Greater Bay Area Plan and the Belt and Road Initiative, enhancing its role as the business bridge between the Chinese mainland and the rest of the world.

"Unless we want to return to an era in which people are pawns to be manipulated or discarded according to the whims of their overlords, we must resist Beijing's assault on our rights", Mr Roth said.

However, human rights violations in China, including its oppression of Uyghurs, are well documented around the world, including by United Nations monitors.

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"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.

In an annual report, Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a scathing review of the Chinese government, calling on the worldwide community to push back against "the most brutal and pervasive oppression China has seen in decades".

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

The HRW report was launched at the United Nations headquarters in NY, two days after Roth was denied entry to Hong Kong where he had been expected to launch the report during a news conference.

Chinese diplomat Xing Jisheng addressed reporters at the end of the news conference, saying China totally rejected the HRW report as prejudiced and fabricated.

More than a thousand people attended a rally in Hong Kong on Sunday to urge people and governments overseas to support the city's pro-democracy movement and oppose China's ruling Communist Party.

However, Roth said that it is exactly this growing Chinese wealth which scares the ruling authorities.

According to Roth, Beijing's crackdowns on Uighurs and protesters in Hong Kong are enabled by its construction of a "vast surveillance state". They have since broadened to several demands, including universal suffrage.

The increasingly strict curbs imposed on the mostly Muslim Uighur population have stifled life in the tense Xinjiang region, where beards are partially banned and no one is allowed to pray in public.

He also cited "autocratic populists" who come to power by demonizing minorities and retain it by attacking independent journalists, judges and activists who try to provide checks and balances on their rule.

The report also assailed Chinese authorities in Xinjiang Province, where they have created a "a nightmarish surveillance system to control millions of Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims, arbitrarily detaining 1 million people for forced political indoctrination".

"[U.S. President Donald] Trump has lost credibility because he so often embraces friendly autocrats, rather than defend the human rights standards that they flout", Roth said.

Mr Roth said several countries that once could have been counted on to defend human rights were also missing in action, including the U.S. and the European Union whose attention had been diverted by Brexit and division over migration. He said government should "deliberately counter China's divide-and-conquer strategy for securing silence about its oppression".

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