New Delhi, November 16, : Activists from all over the globe have raised alarm about China’s attempts to influence the Interpol global police organization.
The global campaign is to oppose the candidacy of Hu Binchen, a Deputy Director General at China’s Ministry of Public Security, to the Interpol Executive Committee at its General Assembly session later this month.
Global campaign to stop Hu Binchen’s candidacy as Deputy Director General of China’s Ministry of Public Security to Interpol Executive Committee, at the General Assembly session in late November.
In addition, 50 legislators from the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC) have penned a joint letter to their governments raising alarm at the PRC’s moves to gain influence over the global policing body.
Additionally, fifty legislators of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China have written a letter jointly to their respective governments.It raises alarm about the PRC’s attempts to exert influence on the International policing agency.
The letter references recent attempts by the Chinese government to use the Interpol Red Notice system to target Uyghur activists living in exile and argues that Hu Binchen’s election would give Beijing a ‘green light’ to continue using Interpol as “a vehicle for the PRC government’s repressive policies.”.This letter refers to recent Chinese attempts to use Interpol Red Notice to target Uyghur activists in exile.It argues that Hu Binchen’s victory would allow Beijing to continue to use Interpol “a vehicle to the PRC government’s repressive policy.”
The signatories span 20 countries across four continents, with prominent figures including German Green Reinhard Butikofer MEP, Chair of the European Parliament’s China Delegation; Iain Duncan Smith, former UK Conservative Party leader; Australian Labor Senator Kimberley Kitching; and former US Senator Marco Rubio.Signatories come from 20 different countries on four continents.
They include prominent figures such as Iain Duncan Smith (ex-leader of UK Conservative Party); Kimberley Kitching, Australian Labor Senator; and Marco Rubio, ex-US Senator.
The moves were accompanied by a separate letter from 40 activists to Interpol member states warning that Hu Binchen’s election would have “grave consequences for the safety and wellbeing of Chinese, Hong Kongers, Taiwanese and Chinese human rights activists living outside China as well as Tibetan and Uyghur diasporas”.
These actions were supported by an additional letter sent to Interpol members states from 40 activists, warning Hu Binchen’s election could have grave consequences for safety and well-being of Chinese, Hong Kongers and Taiwanese human rights activists who live outside China, as well as Tibetans and Uyghur diasporas.
Prominent signatories include World Uyghur Congress President Dolkun Isa, himself subject to an Interpol Red Notice by the PRC government for nearly two decades; and former Hong Kong legislators Nathan Law and Ted Hui, both of whom are wanted by the Chinese government for alleged violations under the city’s so-called National Security Law.Dolkun Isa of the World Uyghur Congress, President, is a prominent signatory.He has been subject to Interpol Red Notices by the PRC government since nearly 20 years.
Ted Hui and Nathan Law, former legislators from Hong Kong, are also wanted by China for violations of the so-called National Security Law.
Dolkun Isa, Uyghur activist and President of the World Uyghur Congress, said: “For many years, I have personally experienced the consequences of China’s abuse and repressive influence at International institutions.Dolkun, a Uyghur activist, and President of World Uyghur Congress said that he has personally witnessed the effects of China’s abuses and oppressive influence at International organizations over many years.Until 2018, China’s Interpol Red Notice against me posed a particular threat and barrier to my work to defend and promote Uyghur rights and freedoms.
I was a target of China’s Interpol Red Notice, which was issued against me in 2018, and posed an immediate threat to my efforts to promote and defend Uyghur rights.The International community cannot allow China’s attempts to influence and abuse multilateral institutions like Interpol to continue unchecked.”.”The International community must stop China from trying to manipulate and abuse multilateral institutions such as Interpol.”
Senator Kitching, IPAC Co-Chair, said: “The Chinese Communist Party is increasing its influence over the world’s most important institutions.IPAC Chair Senator Kitching stated that the Chinese Communist Party was increasing its control over some of the most significant institutions in the world.
From the UN Human Rights Council to the World Health Organisation, we have already seen how the CCP’s pernicious influence poses a threat to us all.We have seen the danger posed by the CCP’s pernicious power, from the UN Human Rights Council to World Health Organisation.That Beijing could be extending its influence over the world’s policing body should be raising alarm bells in Embassies across the world.The possibility that Beijing might be expanding its control over the global policing bodies should alarm embassies around the globe.Our governments must press delegates to oppose Hu Binchen’s election.”.It is up to our governments to press the delegates against Hu Binchen’s electoral victory.”
Nathan Law said: “We need to be aware of how the PRC and other authoritarian governments are using Interpol as a means to hunt exiled activists.Nathan Law stated that the PRC, along with other authoritarian regimes, use Interpol to pursue exiled activists.We should avoid any attempts by the PRC to extend its influence over the system and to make Interpol the long arm of the Chinese state.”.The PRC should not try to expand its control over the system or make Interpol the extended arm of China’s state.
Hu Binchen’s election bid coincides with the release of a new report into the Chinese government’s efforts to hide the extent of its ‘long arm policing abroad’.Hu Binchen’s campaign coincides with the publication of a report on the Chinese government’s attempts to conceal the scale of its “long arm policing overseas”.
The report, published by human rights advocacy group Safeguard Defenders, reveals for the first time how the Chinese government is refraining from making its Interpol Red Notice requests public, putting thousands of activists and dissidents at risk of arrest, detention and extradition to China.Safeguard Defenders published the report.
It reveals how China is avoiding making public its Interpol Red Notice Requests.This puts thousands of dissidents and activists at risk of being detained, arrested, and even extradited to China.
The report also examines the role of Hu Binchen’s International Cooperation Department in the PRC’s pursuit of alleged ‘fugitives’ abroad through legal and illegal means.This report examines Hu Binchen’s International Cooperation Department’s role in the pursuit by the PRC of suspected ‘fugitives abroad’ through legal and illicit means.
(Sanjeev Sharma can be reached at [email protected])
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