The British Parliament debated this week to impose sanctions on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for the situation with the Uighurs. The initiative is part of a series of alliances and pronouncements at the global level that position themselves on the violation of human rights that occur in China.
According to Bitter Winter, a petition that gained international support of nearly 150,000 signatures precipitated the session, which was attended by members of all political parties and from all corners of the UK, who “spoke vehemently and persuasively of the need to act against China.”
According to the Bitter Winter website, which specializes in religious freedom in China, the debate and momentum surrounding the atrocities committed by the CCP against its citizens has increased in number and intensity over the past two years, following the issue of organ harvesting from religious believers imprisoned in China. Since then, demands for sanctions have increased.
This follows a statement by Germany on behalf of 39 countries at the U.N. Human Rights Commission demanding that Beijing allow “unfettered access” to the Xinjiang region—where Uighurs live. The request was based on“increasing numbers of reports of gross human rights violations.”
The world does not see Chinese communism in a “good light”
The image of the CCP has become increasingly negative in recent years and, above all, it has “collapsed” in developed countries after the CCP Virus outbreak. A recent study by the Pew Research Center shows this.
With surveys carried out in 14 countries, the conclusion of the prestigious American think tank leaves no room for doubt: The majority opinion toward the CCP is unfavorable.
In Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Holland, Sweden, the United States, South Korea, Spain and Canada, the negative opinion toward the communist dictatorship has reached its “highest point” since the consulting firm, one of the most important in the world, began to carry out this review more than a decade ago.
In numbers, the negative opinions about the CCP are truly alarming. To cite a few examples, Australia (81%), the United Kingdom (74%) and the United States (73%).
But the rejection of the Chinese Communist Party is not only in the West, it is also present in its Asian neighbors. In the last 15 years the negative image of the CCP has risen from 31% to 76% in South Korea and from 42% to 86% in Japan.
Alliances against the Chinese Communist Party
It is within this framework that other international alliances have been formed in an attempt to stop the advance of the CCP’s influence in the international community.
In September, a coalition of 160 human rights groups delivered a letter to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) urging it to revoke the organization of the Beijing Winter Olympics. IATP, the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (an international multiparty group of legislators working to reform the way democratic countries approach China), led by British parliamentarian Sir Iain Duncan Smith, is also campaigning for the sports event to be moved.
“The world must ask whether China, slowly strangling an entire people, has the moral standing to host the 2022 Winter Olympics,” a Washington Post editorial stated. “We think not,” it said.
That same month, more than 300 NGOs urged the U.N. to establish a mechanism to investigate human rights violations in China.
In an open letter to U.N. Secretary General António Guterres, High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, and member states, these organizations—including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch—denounced “China’s [the CCP’s] massive human rights violations in Hong Kong, Tibet, and Xinjiang, its suppression of information in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and its attacks on rights defenders, journalists, lawyers, and government critics across the country.”
For the defense of religious freedom
One of the most burning issues attributed to the Chinese communist regime is religious persecution. In fact, since the CCP took power by force in China in 1949, spiritual beliefs have been one of its main targets of repression.
As far as Christianity is concerned, many Chinese believers refuse to go to the Three Autonomies churches—whose pastors and leaders are appointed by the CCP—and congregate in Protestant churches called house churches, which are persecuted by the authorities.
Other religious groups brutally persecuted in China include the Uighurs and Falun Dafa practitioners (also known as Falun Gong).
In fact, leading British human rights lawyer Sir Geoffrey Nice QC convened weeks ago to form an independent court in London to investigate whether the CCP’s abuses against Uighur Muslims constitute genocide or crimes against humanity.
Nice, who previously led the prosecution of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic at the International Criminal Court, presided over the Independent Court on the Forcible Removal of Organs of Conscience in China, known as the China Court. This court determined that it was “beyond doubt” that the state-authorized forcible removal of organs for profit has been taking place in China for years and “on a significant scale.
The Chinese court argued that these organs come primarily from imprisoned believers, most of whom are practitioners of the discipline called Falun Dafa.
Communism is not welcome
On Oct. 2, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a policy guide that prohibits members of the Communist Party or any other totalitarian party from entering the country.
USCIS detailed that this ground of inadmissibility applies to aliens seeking immigrant status, as well as to aliens within the United States who apply to adjust status to that of a legal permanent resident.
As the world’s largest Communist Party, CCP members are expected to be most affected by the new policy.
According to official data released by the CCP, it has over 90 million members.
In the contemporary history of CCP membership, there was a break from November 2004 when the book Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party was published in Chinese.
From that moment, a mass movement to renounce the CCP, called “Tuidang” (“Quit the Party” in Chinese), was launched throughout China.
According to data published by the Tuidang Global Center, a nonprofit organization registered in the United States in June 2005, almost 365 million Chinese have renounced the CCP and its two partner organizations, the Young Communist League of China and Young Pioneers of China.
Seventy-one years after the CCP took power, on Oct. 1 more than 150 groups in some 60 cities around the world demonstrated to protest the CCP’s human rights abuses.
Also leading the UK debate in London, MP Chris Evans (Islwyn) urged the UK to impose Magnitsky sanctions on Chinese officials involved in the Uighur scandal.
“The Chinese regime is undeniably an economic powerhouse, but we cannot let its strength in world economics shield it so as to allow atrocities and human rights violations,” urged Chris Evans, concluding that the time had come to act, according to a report by Bitter Winter.
The Trump administration has been strongly critical of human rights violations in China. In one of its latest actions, the U.S. government tightened its blockade on imports from forced labor camps in China.
In late September, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the creation of a global coalition against the Chinese Communist Party .
“The free world must triumph over this new tyranny,” Pompeo declared, referring to the CCP, arguing, “If the free world doesn’t change—doesn’t change, communist China will surely change us.”