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When An Elderly Man Falls In China

On 26th Nov. 2013, an elderly man fell while crossing the street in Jinghua, China.

A few passersby stopped their bikes and formed a circle to prevent other riders hitting the man. The man tried to stand up by himself, but failed. People stood around looking at each other, but no one dared to help the old man stand up. They called police and ambulance, and after examination. it was found that the elderly man had no serious injuries.

Some Chinese are loath to give assistance because of incidents like the one below:

Earlier this month, two high school students helped an elderly man up from his fallen bicycle, but the man accused the two students of knocking him down and demanded they pay for his medical expenses. The parents of the students paid 1200 yuan ($200). These two students then posted an online request for witnesses. A shop owner and some customers who saw the fall went to the police to give evidence. The old man had to return the money to the two students.

Human Rights Watch Chief Denied Entry to Hong Kong PDF Print E-mail
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The Executive Director of Human Rights Watch (HRW) was denied entry to Hong Kong on Sunday 12th January, where he was to launch the 2020 world report with a focus on China's "intensifying assault" on human rights, at the Foreign Correspondent Club on January 15th.

 

"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," Mr Kenneth Roth said.

Deepening assault on human rights

 

"I had hoped to spotlight Beijing's deepening assault on international efforts to uphold human rights. The refusal to let me enter Hong Kong vividly illustrates the problem."

 

Mr Roth had visited Hong Kong numerous times in the past, the last being in April 2018.

 

On December 2, 2019, a Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs official threatened to impose unspecified "sanctions" against HRW and several US-based pro-democracy organisations but neither Beijing nor Hong Kong authorities have since provided further details, according to HRW.

 

The Hong Kong Government had no response to questions from Reuters about why Mr Roth was denied entry.

 

"This disappointing action is yet another sign that Beijing is tightening its oppressive grip on Hong Kong and further restricting the limited freedom Hong Kong people enjoy under 'one country, two systems'," Mr Roth said in the organisation's statement.

 

"My denial of entry pales in comparison to the harassment that Chinese activists routinely endure — jail, torture, and enforced disappearance simply for trying to secure basic rights for their fellow citizens. But China's efforts to interfere with the work of international groups like Human Rights Watch is a form of global censorship that governments should resist before it's too late."

 

HRW said in a statement that the report would be launched on January 14 at the United Nations in New York.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 January 2020 14:31
 

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