Hong Kong pledges $1.3 billion in economic relief amid unrest

A currency trader walks by the screen showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul South Korea Monday Jan. 13 2020. Asian stocks have risen as investors shrug off weaker-than-expected American job

An global human rights group says China poses a worldwide threat to human rights and is using its growing economic clout to silence its critics.

Beijing's "crushing" oppression at home and its moves to spread its censorship to the rest of the world are threatening decades of progress made on global human rights, according to a new Human Rights Watch (HRW) report.

"The effect under President Xi Jinping is China's most pervasive and brutal oppression in decades", he said.

"At home, the Chinese Communist Party, anxious that permitting political freedom would jeopardise its grasp on power, has constructed an Orwellian high-tech surveillance state and a sophisticated internet censorship system to monitor and suppress public criticism", Mr Roth wrote in his essay.

"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.

To avoid a global backlash against surveillance, internet censorship and oppression at home, Beijing is trying to undermine worldwide institutions created to protect human rights, Roth said. But he was denied entry there this week.

It insists that its vast camps in the province are centers for "vocational training", and "de-radicalization", where people learn job skills and are then free to leave.

Hong Kong's financial system remained resilient though the city has experienced considerable social unrest and challenges in recent months, said the chief executive of the Special Administrative Region (SAR) on Monday.

Last week, IFR reported that Yum China is considering raising $2 billion in a Hong Kong listing.

Internet partially restored in Kashmir after 165 days - social media still blocked
Hotels and tour and travel establishments will also be able to have access to broadband internet in order to facilitate tourism. The process, which will be conducted in phases, will start today.

The 652-page World Report 2020 also details rights abuses in Syria, Yemen and North Korea.

Noting that the SAR government is ready to provide diversified services and suitable support for the elderly to enjoy their golden years in face of an aging population, Lam suggested to combine the Normal Old Age Living Allowance Scheme (OALA) with Higher OALA, so that qualified elderly people aged 65 or above would receive a standard payment rate of 3,585 Hong Kong dollars (491 USA dollars) per month.

Mr Roth was barred from entering Hong Kong on Sunday for "immigration reasons" as he travelled to the Chinese-ruled city to launch the annual report.

Using its economic clout and influence and sometimes its veto in the U.N. Security Council, Roth said, China has sought to block United Nations measures "to protect some of the world's most persecuted people".

"The report is full of prejudices and fabrications and ignores the factual information provided by my government".

It says that pressure has even reached the Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, noting that he has been unwilling to publicly demand an end to the detention of Muslims in Xinjiang.

"An inhospitable terrain for human rights is aiding the Chinese government's attack", the organization said in a statement.

The organization criticized US President Donald Trump, who was deemed to be "more interested in embracing friendly autocrats than defending the human rights standards that they flout".

Roth added that the European Union had been distracted by Brexit and handicapped by nationalist member states. Hong Kong and China make up for the largest share of HSBC's revenue.

Related News:

Most liked

Russian PM Medvedev submits resignation, state media report
Russian government has resigned following Russian President Vladimir Putin's state of the nation address, according to reports. Putin said Medvedev would take on a new job as deputy head of Russia's Security Council, which Putin chairs.

Penguins hold off host Golden Knights
The Connecticut native leads the Golden Knights with 45 points (20 G, 25 A) to go with 32 penalty minutes in 47 games this season. Buffalo hosts the Vegas Golden Knights after Evan Rodrigues scored two goals in the Sabres' 5-1 victory over the Red Wings.

Foreseen consequences: Valve Index sold out globally
Half-Life: Alyx is due in only a couple of months, and the required VR headset is now practically sold out. Following on from Valve's announcement of Half-Life: Alyx , the VR headset market saw an immediate boost.

Queen + Adam Lambert to perform at Australia benefit concert
FIRE FIGHT AUSTRALIA will kick off from 1pm and run till late at ANZ Stadium , Sydney Olympic Park on Sunday 16 February 2020. Rolling Stone said Lang will perform two songs, including her rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah".

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces 2020 class
Most of these inductees, including Houston and Biggie, were also first-time nominees. Performances and special guests will be announced at a later date.

Priyanka Chopra and Richard Madden team up for Russo Brothers' 'Citadel'
And his sister-in-law, Parineeti Chopra dropped a hilarious comment on his post, trolling Nick for forgetting the gestures. Apart from this, Priyanka Chopra will also be seen in Netflix's The White Tiger alongside Rajkummar Rao.

Oilers' Kassian suspended two games
For the second time that night, Tkachuk had caught Kassian with a big, questionable hit near the boards. The Flames scored on the powerplay and won the game 4-3. "I can do what Matthew Tkachuk did", he said.

Amazon's The Lord of the Rings: Official Casting Revealed
The prequel series set in the Second Age of Middle-earth, and Amazon has apparently committed to multiple seasons of this prequel series .

Akon created his own city in Senegal called 'Akon City'
Akon also said Billionaires, who can't cater to the needs of the people and solve a problem, are wasting their billions. Yes, you read that right. "Looking forward to hosting you there in the future", he wrote.

Trump ex-adviser Flynn seeks to withdraw guilty plea - court filing
Tuesday's filing by Mr Flynn's lawyers asked Judge Sullivan to postpone that sentencing date. He cooperated extensively with the government over the next year.

Microsoft may fix extremely serious Windows security flaw on Tuesday
Even though Microsoft claims that free Windows 10 upgrade is no longer possible, it can be done with Windows Creation Tool. The end of Windows 7 support is nigh as Microsoft Corp. will drop support for the operating system Tuesday for consumers.

Popular Apps Share Intimate Details About You With Dozens of Companies
There have been costly hacks of private companies that leak personal information leaving people susceptible to fraud. The EU allows companies to collect and share data with third parties if they receive the proper consent of users.

Australia fires: Smoke to make 'full circuit' around globe, Nasa says
The results of the research review were published this week on the new online platform ScienceBrief .org. This makes it urgent to consider ways of reducing the risks to people.

Amazon in India: Jeff Bezos announces $1bn Indian investment
Although traders are optimistic about the outcomes of the probe, they said they will continue building pressure on the government. He paid floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat in New Delhi soon after his arrival. 'Live as if you were to die tomorrow.

Henderson, Bronze voted Englands players of the year
Henderson made seven England appearances a year ago , passing the 50-cap mark during a 5-1 win in Montenegro. Lyon defender Bronze receives the award for the second time in claiming honor in 2015.