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Human rights deteriorating in China: NGO

Human rights deteriorating in China: NGO

Taipei, Jan. 30 (CNA) China has unleashed an extraordinary assault on basic human rights and their defenders with a ferocity unseen in recent years since Chinese President Xi Jinping (???) has assumed power, according to an annual report issued Friday by a U.S. non- government organization that advocates human rights. It is "an alarming sign given that the current leadership will likely remain in power through 2023," said New York-based Human Rights Watch. The report said the ruling Communist Party of China has been issuing directives on "correct ideology" since mid-2013 among party members, university lecturers, students, researchers and even journalists. These documents warn against "the perils of universal values and human rights," and assert the importance of a pro-government stance, it said. However, the report noted that the authorities have undertaken some positive steps in certain areas, including abolishing the arbitrary detention system known as Re-education through Labor and improving the rights of internal migrants and persons with disabilities. The report, which covers more than 90 countries, does not include Taiwan, but mentioned the "Occupy Central" movement in Hong Kong last year in its analysis of China to highlight the special administrative region's demand for real democracy. It also pointed out that even though the media has greater freedom in Hong Kong than elsewhere in China, journalists and media owners, particularly those critical of Beijing, came under increasing pressure in 2014. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-24 14:28 GMT+08:00