Hong Kong’s ratings on human rights fell again. This brought it on par with Saudi Arabia in some indicators. Her fall also moved her closer to China in the list.
Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI) released these rankings. The report also noted a growing gap between the ratings received by China.
According to the report, China has high quality of life indicators, but some of the lowest in the world when it comes to civil and political rights.
The HRMI is in its fifth year. It conducts national surveys and gives country rankings.
The crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong (2019) has led to sweeping changes in the city’s political landscape. China has tightened its grip on Hong Kong and passed laws like the National Security Law that are often used to restrict freedoms. Since the crackdown and the tightening of China’s grip, many Hong Kong pro-democracy politicians have left the country.
Pro-democracy media outlets have also been shut down under government pressure. Jimmy Lai, a media mogul who ran the now-defunct Apple Daily, is in jail.
“What we see here is that the Hong Kong scores are converging down to [last placed] China’s score,” said HRMI spokesperson Thalia Kehoe Rowden. She was quoted by The Guardian.
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