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US News China-Taiwan Conflict: Beijing Accused of "Taiwanese Hunting"

04:50  02 december  2021
04:50  02 december  2021 Source:   lexpress.fr

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"Hundreds" of Taiwanese nationals have been extradited to mainland China following Beijing 'pressures on several states, affirms a report from an organization. Defense of human rights.

The tensions between China and Taiwan are not ready to stop. Between 2016 and 2019, at least 600 suspects were extradited to China as part of a "Taiwanese hunt" aimed at "undermining the sovereignty" of the island claimed by Beijing, writes the Association Safeguard Defenders.

These Taiwanese are mostly suspected of having committed, from third countries, scams by telephone. The victims being based in China , Chinese justice was competent to judge them. The prejudice to these supposed fraud is in millions of euros.

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In its report published Tuesday, SafeGuard Defenders evokes the case of several countries, including Spain, Armenia, Kenya, Cambodia and the Philippines, which would have yielded to Beijing '"pressures" to extradite dozens of suspects.

The organization believes that Taiwanese may be tortured and especially not to receive a fair trial, the Chinese judicial system being relatively opaque. "These forced extraditions place Taiwanese nationals in front of a risk of serious human rights violations," according to the report.

When they arrived in China, they are threatened "arbitrary detention, torture, forced disappearance or forced confessions on television", affirms the association, headquartered in Spain.

China not recognizing Taiwan as a state, the citizens of the island do not benefit from the consular protection of which foreign nationals can avail in China.

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questioned Wednesday at a press briefing, a spokesman for Chinese diplomacy, Wang Wenbin, judged the report "completely ridiculous", without extending over his content.

The Spain is particularly targeted by the authors of the report for extraditing more than 200 Taiwanese, even though Madrid is a signatory to the European Convention on Human Rights.

In 2017, a Spanish court considered that a group of 121 Taiwanese and Continent Chinese suspects could be referred to the Communist regime under the "unique China's principle" by which Taiwan is part of China.

In doing so, Spain has "manifestly ignored" its human rights commitments and "the seriousness of violations" of these rights in China, says SafeGuard Defenders' report.

Conversely, the Czech Supreme Court refused in April 2020 to extradite eight Taiwanese on the grounds that they could be tortured in the Chinese penitentiary system, welcomes the association.

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Responding to the report conclusions, the Taiwanese government felt that Beijing had no legitimacy to judge Taiwanese pursued abroad and that they were to be repatriated to Taiwan.

"We call again China not to mix the fight against crime and politics," said the Continental Family Office, the organization responsible for relations with Beijing.

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