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The Human Rights Watch Head Was Barred From Entering Hong Kong. Activists See Worrying Trend

Hong Kong authorities on Sunday prevented the head of Human Rights Watch from entering the city, where he planned to launch the organization’s annual report spotlighting rights abuses across the globe.

Kenneth Roth, a U.S. citizen, said he was denied entry at the Hong Kong International Airport after arriving from New York. In response to his repeated questions, Roth said officials told him he was blocked for “immigration reasons.”

“Sadly this episode is just the latest evidence that the Chinese government is doing everything it can to undermine the enforcement of international human rights standards,” Roth said in a video on Twitter.

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