The election of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) candidate Hu Binchen to INTERPOL’s Executive Committee “is deeply concerning” to the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC) because it would lead to the persecution of exiled dissidents.
Hu’s presence on the body is a green light for the CCP to “continue using INTERPOL as a vehicle for its repressive policies globally,” IPAC said in a statement on Nov. 25.
It adds, “and places thousands of Hong Konger, Uighur, Tibetan, Taiwanese and Chinese dissidents living abroad at even graver risk. The CCP cannot be allowed to continue its long arm policing abroad.”
With the imminent risk of harassment and intimidation beginning to be faced by activists, dissidents and exiles who managed to escape the Chinese regime abroad. “We reiterate our call for all governments to revoke extradition treaties with the CCP and Hong Kong,” said IPAC.
The CCP already has a history of having persecuted dissidents housed in other countries several times, abusing the INTERPOL Red Notice. Hu’s election was opposed by representatives from 20 countries.
Hu, deputy director general of the international coordination department of the CCP’s Ministry of Public Security, won one of the two posts representing Asia at INTERPOL on Nov. 25.
“It is sad to see Interpol’s member states putting a fox in charge of watching the sheep,” said co-founder and director of human rights NGO Safeguard Defenders, Peter Dahlin.
He added: “He has no place at the table and China’s [candidate’s] election will strengthen its ability to misuse Interpol and erode trust in the organisation itself.”
According to Dahlin, the concerns raised about Hu in his new position are not unfounded, given that he worked specifically in the department responsible for pursuing suspected fugitives and repatriating them to China.
He also represented a Chinese ministry accused of committing crimes against humanity through the systematic use of enforced disappearances of those who thought differently from the CCP.
It should be recalled that the CCP imposed a National Security Law in Hong Kong in June 2020, without going through the local legislature, after a year of pro-democracy protests and riots.
That law allows it to prosecute dissidents anywhere in the world even if they are not Chinese nationals.
In this regard, four United Nations (UN) experts in international law and human rights demanded the revision of this law, arguing that it is “incompatible” with international standards of civil rights and civil liberties.
These independent experts accused the CCP of abusing terrorism and sedition charges to stifle local opposition voices and freedom of expression.
“The cheapening of the seriousness of terrorist acts and sedition offences, when Governments improperly use them to justify quelling domestic dissent, limiting protests and curbing criticism by civil society and human rights defenders, is deeply troubling,” they said.