China Director, Human Rights Watch. Views expressed are my own. Re-tweets not endorsement. richars@hrw.org.

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Dear ⁦@mbachelet⁩ ⁦@UNHumanRights⁩: Here is yet another ⁦@UN_SPExperts⁩ comment on #Uyghurs #Xinjiang. Where’s yours? @hrw ⁦⁦⁦@hrw_chinese
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What a brilliant event this was in September 2015: speaker.gov/newsroom/pelosi-… @hrw @hrw_china
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A simple choice, ⁦@MFA_China⁩: if you don’t want the criticism that often comes with intl #humanrights treaty membership, don’t sign the treaty. Or, better still, comply with the treaty! #ICCPR #Hongkong@hrw⁩ ⁦@hrw_chinese
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“The evidence is overwhelming…and provided by the #Chinese government.” ⁦@nuryturkel⁩ ⁦@NEDemocracy⁩ makes excellent pitch for domestic investigations of entities complicit in #atrocitycrimes targeting #Uyghurs, and for an int’l special tribunal. ⁦@hrw_chinese
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Here’s #China govt @MFA_China latest report re #Uyghurs #Xinjiang, discouraging @UNHumanRights @mbachelet from publishing theirs. @hrw @hrw_chinese @JohnFisher_hrw
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Or inspiration to the quest for justice, accountability for #Uyghurs and so many others. @hrw_chinese
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Bet he carried out an investigation on his visit to #Uyghur #Xinjiang region. @hrw_chinese
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Very glad to hear #ICCPR pressing #Hongkong officials on a core question: is cooperation with #UN #treatybodies considered collusion with hostile foreign forces? Answer: no--except when it's yes. @hrw_chinese
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Ms. Liu, in light of your #ICCPR comments about the freedom of indep civil society to work in, visit #Hongkong, please explain Jan 2020 denial of entry to @KenRoth. @hrw @hrw_chinese hrw.org/news/2020/01/12/hong…
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This #Hongkong official is (not) shockingly dishonest about the authorities' respect for #pressfreedom. @hrw_chinese
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(Sanctioned) #Hongkong Erick Tsang tries to assert election system is just fine, relying on adjectives like "enhanced," "optimized," "enriched." Has no answer re: shrinking suffrage, denying candidates right to run, blocking parties. Propaganda is no answer. @hrw_chinese
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Just found this 1996 @hrw submission on #Hongkong to #ICCPR, flagging concerns about--surprise, surprise--police conduct and emergency legislation. hrw.org/legacy/research/hong… @hrw_chinese
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Final @Hongkong #ICCPR cmte question on several levels the ultimate: are #UN treaty bodies considered foreign under Societies Ordinance, NSL--such that cooperation with them constitutes a prosecutable offense? @hrw @hrw_chinese @JohnFisher_hrw @LucyMcK @florianemborel
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🔥❓ about "reckless and indiscriminate" conduct of @hkpoliceforce during 2019-2020 #Hongkong protests, status of inquiries into and disciplinary action in response to excessive force? Asks for statistics, facts, status of cases. Coi? @hrw @hrw_chinese hrw.org/news/2020/11/19/stil…
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Fantastic to hear questions about threats to academic freedom in #Hongkong, ranging from dissolution of uni student unions to the withdrawal of textbooks, at #ICCPR review. @hrw_chinese
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These people say judicial independence in #Hongkong is alive, well. Except for those legal “interpretations” from #China govt, prosecutions of people like Joshua Wong and Margaret Ng, the politicization of the Bar Assn, the draconian NSL… ⁦@hrw_chinese⁩ ⁦@hrw
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The quality of replies from #Hongkong #ICCPR review delegation -- #China ctrl govt-esque non-responses--not even close to the caliber, precision of questions. H/t #HumanRights Committee! @hrw_chinese
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If these ppl want to give away their own #humanrights: okay. But they aren't entitled to give away others'. Repeating that #Hongkong #NSL guarantees #humanrights does not make it so, esp against tidal wave of evidence of opposite. hrw.org/news/2020/07/29/chin… @hrw_chinese
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🔥🔥🔥At #Hongkong #ICCPR review scathing critique of police, particularly the force's refusal to accept ombudsmen's recommendations and poor conduct during periods of heightened political tensions. (Sadly an NHRI can't be the solution.) @hrw_chinese hrw.org/news/2022/06/29/subm…
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