Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article Release Issue: A1000-W649



Release Date: April 1, 2017



Topic: From the Extradition Treaty and Beyond -- Wei Jingsheng

标题:从引渡条约说起 -- 魏京生


Original Language Version: Chinese (Chinese version at the end)



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From the Extradition Treaty and Beyond

-- Wei Jingsheng



After waiting for 10 years, China's extradition treaty with Australia once again has stranded in the parliament without approval.  The reason on the surface is because of the detention of Professor Feng Chongyi in the name of political charges by the Chinese government.  Professor Feng holds a Chinese passport, but he is a permanent resident of Australia and works for the University of Technology Sydney.  The Australian government has some responsibility and concern for his safety.


If Professor Feng had committed a criminal offense such as murder or arson then the Australian government would not have paid that much attention when the Chinese judicial authorities detained him.  That is because such offenses are also crimes in Australia; crimes anywhere that we cannot argue about.


But Professor Feng has not been detained for a common offense.  He has been alleged of a political crime, because of his political views and speech.  Political views and speech are not crimes in the Western democratic countries, rather they are fundamental rights that the exerciser deserves.  Criminalizing for executing these basic rights is an autocratic act that cannot be tolerated.  Of course democratic countries cannot accept such criminalizing and should not cooperate with it.


What is important is that this case proves the unfairness of the Chinese justice and that it violates human rights in the name of the government.  This is the main reason why the extradition treaty with China cannot be passed in Australia.  If the treaty accepted the judicial requirements from the authoritarian regime, and violates human rights by cooperating with the authoritarian judiciaries, then the law of Australia would be seriously violated as well.  It would be unacceptable to the judiciary and government of this country.


Ten years ago, the Australian government signed extradition treaties with the Chinese authoritarian government for the purpose of delivering huge benefits from China to Australia, which was unique in English-speaking countries.  At that time it was already opposed by the legislature and did not get passed.  Here we want to pay tribute to the Australian Parliament, which upheld its principles of democracy and human rights without bowing down to money.  Meanwhile, we despise the Western politicians who would sell their own souls for money, such as the former Australian Prime Ministers John Howard and Kevin Rudd.


Indeed in the Western democratic countries, there are many governments and organizations that sell their souls for money.  For example, several Latin language countries in Europe have also signed extradition treaties with China.  This has constituted a great threat for Chinese dissidents and opposition, as well as other politically threatened individuals in those countries.


The most serious threat is a non-governmental organization which is quite authoritative: Interpol.  It is gradually moving toward cooperation with the Chinese Communist regime, and instructing the police of every country to arrest those individuals who the Communist regime does not like.  Although it seems to be relatively limited to political figures within the CCP's internal struggle now, it will soon include all the individuals wanted by the Chinese Communist regime, which includes dissidents, religious figures and human rights activists.


Not only is this threat not a condition the democratic countries should accept, it also interferes with the internal affairs in China.  The Skynet action cooperation between Interpol and the Communist regime in China is to warn all the Chinese officials who disobey Xi Jinping and Wang Qishan: where ever you flee we will take you back, because the police of these Western democracies are cooperating with us; the West is supporting us towards dictatorship.


Furthermore, not only did they bribe their way to let the chief of the secret police of the Chinese government be elected as the president of Interpol, but they also publicly published this Skynet action of cooperation on the website of the Chinese Communist Party's Disciplinary Inspection Commission.  This is to announce to all the Chinese people and officials: the police in the democratic states are cooperating with the secret police organ of the Communist dictatorship.  It is just like what Interpol did with Nazi's secret police during World War II.


I have severely criticized this, as have Amnesty International and many other human rights organizations.  The Chinese Communist regime felt guilty after being caught, so it has deleted this Skynet action cooperation from the Communist Party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection website.  But the Communist regime is still in a secret operation of cooperation, and still presides over the work of Interpol.  This cooperation is still a threat to all, and is still helping to deepen and strengthen authoritarian dictatorship in China.


Many non-governmental organizations like to emphasize that they do not participate in politics, they only care about such and such issues.  What this means in democratic countries is that they do not care about party politics, and what they do is unrelated to political views and campaigns of political parties; they only care about human rights; they only care about environmental protection; etc.  In a democratic country which has a good legal system with clear political boundaries, this is something that can be done and is very normal.


But it is completely different in authoritarian states such as China.  The autocracy is concerned about everything and in command of everything.  Autocratic systems allow only one party, and only one faction.  In conclusion there is no non-political organization in China: any non-Communist organization that is concerned with any social problem is a substitute to the Communist Party's authority and poses a threat to the Communist authority, and therefore cannot be interpreted as a non-political organization.


In the dictionary of an autocratic political system, non-governmental organizations are anti-government organizations.  Only if you work in accordance with the instructions of the authoritarian government, then you might be recognized as a legitimate organization.  But then you are not a non-governmental organization, you are part of an authoritarian government organization.  Why is this so?  It is because the political environment in which the Westerners live is different from the Chinese under the Communist reign; the concept of the political dictionary in the West is different than what was for the Chinese Communist regime.


This concept issue is what all the NGO's in the West must face when they try to connect with the authoritarian Chinese government.  In the West, human rights organizations are standard non-governmental organizations; but in China, they are standard anti-government organizations.  In the West, religion is a standard non-governmental organization; but in China, only religious organizations that have internal Communist Party branches, and are sworn to accept and be loyal to the Communist leadership would be recognized.  The non-Communist religious organizations would all be identified as anti-government organizations and will be suppressed with force.


Both the social system and ideology of the West are different from what the Chinese Communist regime has.  Many Western non-governmental organizations have tried to connect themselves with the Communist countries.  They were either painfully repressed, or infiltrated by the Communist politics.  Interpol is a good example of being infiltrated and exploited as a political vassal.  Many politicians and departments in the West are also infiltrated by authoritarian politics for the same reason.


Westerners have their own democratic system, and a better legal system.  They enjoy freedom, democracy and the rule of law as natural as the air they breathe in, to the degree that they often are accustomed to or subconsciously use their own dictionary to understand a completely different authoritarian environment.  Many of their good wishes are often used by evil politics.



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(Written and recorded on March 30, 2017.  Broadcasted by Radio Free Asia.)



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Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article Release Issue: A1000-W649



Release Date: April 1, 2017



Topic: From the Extradition Treaty and Beyond -- Wei Jingsheng

标题:从引渡条约说起 -- 魏京生


Original Language Version: Chinese (Chinese version at the end)









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