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Hong Kong singer-protester faces China at UN rights body

Denise Ho asked whether the rights body would convene an urgent session to protect people in Hong Kong amid rising protests

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Denise Ho speaks at UNHRC (screenshot of webtv.un.org)

Denise Ho speaks at UNHRC (screenshot of webtv.un.org)

GENEVA (AP) — Hong Kong pop singer Denise Ho has taken a message of defiance against China to the U.N.'s top human rights body, denouncing "deceitful promises" by authorities and prompting a Chinese diplomat to interrupt her twice.

The "Cantopop" star asked the Human Rights Council on Monday whether it would suspend China as one of its 47 member states because of "abuses" by Beijing, and whether the rights body would convene an urgent session to protect people in Hong Kong amid rising protests.

Chinese diplomat Dai Demao interrupted to complain, but the chair let Ho continue.

Ho, hosted by advocacy group UN Watch, criticized "years of deceitful promises" that fanned the anger of Hong Kong demonstrators who have taken to the streets since early June to protest extradition bills, among other things.