China defends the prevention of Human Rights Watch’s director from entering Hong Kong


China on Monday defended the prevention of Human Rights Watch CEO Kenneth Roth from entering Hong Kong, making clear that NGOs are responsible for the political turmoil in the city and should “pay the appropriate price.”

Roth was supposed to hold a press conference in Hong Kong this week to unveil the latest global study by the New York-based organization accusing China of launching a “massive attack” on international human rights organizations.

Roth said Sunday that the authorities at the city’s airport had refused to enter the country.

Last month, China announced sanctions against American NGOs, including Human Rights Watch, in response to the US Congress passing a resolution supporting the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong.

“China has the sovereign right to allow or not allow anyone to enter,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Jing Shuang at a regular press conference.

“There are many facts and evidence that the relevant NGOs provided support through various means to anti-China extremists, encouraged them to carry out violent, violent and criminal activities, and incited activities for the independence and secession of Hong Kong.”

“It bears great responsibility for the current chaos in Hong Kong. These organizations must be punished and they must pay the right price.”

Hong Kong has been witnessing protests for seven months, punctuated by violence, in the biggest crisis the city has faced for decades.

Millions took to the streets to demand democratic freedoms.


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