Brussels (AsiaNews) - The human
rights situation in China "has been rapidly deteriorating" because, among other
things, "the United States and European countries reduced pressure against the
Chinese government." This will "bring an even more extensive disaster than the
human rights affairs alone," said the great Chinese dissident Wei Jingsheng who yesterday spoke before
the European parliament about the current situation in China.
According to Wei, winner of the Sakharov
Prize, "six aspects illustrate" how the situation is getting out of hand. If the
West continues to sell out human rights for economic benefits, we will "rapidly
enter an era similar to Nazi Germany". Below is the transcript of Mr Wei's
In recent years, especially since the last year,
China's human rights situation has been rapidly deteriorating. This deterioration is associated with the
United States and European countries reduced pressure against the Chinese
government. The deterioration is reflected mainly in the following aspects.
The first is the strict control over the media. The censorship over the traditional media has
always existed, but the degree of punishment is rapidly increasing. In recent years, more and more editors and
reporters were removed from their positions.
The cleansing and reorganization of the media even starts from the
editor-in-chief and the president. It
includes punishing the Western media as well.
Regarding the major issues, all Chinese media must be in accordance with
the command of the Communist Party's propaganda department, in choosing what is
to be reported or must not be reported.
In addition to general entertainment, the status of news and opinion in
these media has returned to the status in the Cultural Revolution of the
The second is the Internet war. In addition to the Internet control through
filtering words, the Chinese government employs hundreds of thousands of
Internet police to remove non-communist points of view and to advance the
propaganda of the Communist Party including spreading rumors. The censorship has increased in recent months
to the degree that even the websites of different factions of the Communist
Party were closed. In addition, the
cyber warfare department initiates cyber attacks against opposition websites
and individuals, even to the degree of attacking the websites of Western
countries and private e-mail boxes.
The third is the strengthening of repression of
ordinary citizens by the Chinese government under the so-called
"maintaining stability" excuse.
The Communist Party has employed a large number of non-professional
thugs to cooperate with the police, using violence to suppress protests and the
redress of grievances by individual and collective activities. Several million cases of such crackdowns are
occurring each year, resulting in the expenditure for "maintaining
stability" being more than military spending.
The fourth is the repression of the rights defending
workers and lawyers. Lawyers often get
their licenses revoked and are even put into prison, because they took cases
that an official or officers do not like.
Just like other rights defending workers, lawyers are not only pressured
by the officials, but also receive pressure and violation from thugs from the
Chinese Mafia or pretend to be the Mafia.
The fifth is the Mafia style of the law enforcement
agencies in China. In the past two
decades, the judiciary under the control of the Communist Party more and more
has used illegal means to handle cases.
Torture for confessions and fabrication of evidence has been a common
phenomenon. The Attorney Li Zhuang case
in Chongqing from three years ago is a typical case. In a common language used by judicial
officers, it was called "using the technical means". Especially in dealing with political cases,
using illegal means of the Mafia has become the practice of the judiciary. The recent questionable death of Li Wangyang
also proves the general view of the mafia style of the judiciary.
The sixth is the legalization of illegal means. In order to increase the efficiency of
repression and maintenance of stability, many illegal means have been
legalized. Take the example I mentioned
in my testimony to the U.S. Congress on May 15, 2012. In 1994, illegal detention could only be
approved within the police department, and was not recognized by the
prosecutors and courts in China. But
this kind of illegal detention has been extended gradually nationwide in the
past a decade or more. Recently, the
National People's Congress in its new Code of Criminal Procedure has recognized
this illegal detention as legitimate.
This declared legitimacy indicates that the means of gangs and Fascism
are legalized step by step.
In summary, the retrogression in these six aspects
illustrates that the human rights situation in China has reached a critical
stage. The Mafialization of the
judiciary is bound to make the whole Chinese society rapidly enter an era
similar to Nazi Germany or the Cultural Revolution. Shortsighted policies of the Western
democratic countries, as well as the policy of using other people's human
rights for financial gain, will, just as history has illustrated, bring an even
more extensive disaster than the human rights affairs alone.