China manages more than 100 “police stations” all over the world for monitor, harass and repatriate their citizens in exileaccording to a report by the Madrid-based human rights group Safeguard Defenders, quoted by CNN.
Safeguard Defenders published a first detailed review of these Chinese police offices in September, revealing the existence of 54 such units. Now, another 48 have been discovered.
The organization tracked enforced disappearances in China by searching freely accessible official Chinese documents for evidence of alleged human rights violations. The organization cited concrete examples of a Chinese national being forced to return to China from France and other cases of Chinese citizens forcibly returned from countries such as Serbia and Spain.
Activists found four police jurisdictions other than China’s Ministry of Public Security active in at least 53 countriesaccording to CNN.
In the region, two stations stand out in Ecuadorone in Quitocapital of the country and the other in Guayaquil. Meanwhile in Chili one of these offices is registered in the coastal city of Vineyard of the Mar, very close to the capital, Santiago.
In the case of the Atlantic side of the southern cone, there are three other stations, two in Brazillocated in the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulowhile in the Argentine capital, Buenos Airesthere is also the presence of one of these Chinese police stations.
FBI Director, Christopher Wray, told a US Homeland Security Committee that he was “very concerned” about possible unauthorized Chinese police stations in US cities. “It’s outrageous to think that the Chinese police are trying to set up, you know, in New York, let’s say, without proper coordination. It violates sovereignty and circumvents the usual judicial and police cooperation processes,” he stated.
Revelations about police stations have sparked investigations in at least 13 countriesdetailed CNN.
Ireland ordered the closure of a Chinese police station found on its territory, as did Netherlands. Canada has issued a “cease and desist” warning to China over the police stations.
Of course, the Beijing regime has denied that overseas police service stations have any surveillance role. However, the local police qingtian He proudly declared that “foreign police work” ranged from “helping” compatriots with paperwork to “gathering intelligence”.
moritz rudolphmember of the Yale Law School and who is also investigating the implications of China’s rise in the international legal order, said these police stations were also a small part of Beijing’s much broader ambitions to enforce its laws outside its territory, according to the report. British media, Financial Times.
“Since 2019, China has been approving more laws with extraterritorial applications, a normal behavior for an emerging power. China tries to catch up with the US, but it’s not even close when it comes to enforcing its national laws abroad, particularly in Europe,” Rudolf denounced.
wang jingyu, a Chinese political dissident who is in exile in the Netherlands, reported receiving multiple harassing calls from Chinese numbers listed as belonging to a police station established in Fuzhou, China. “They told me to go to the foreign police station in Rotterdam to turn myself in and to think about my parents in China. I didn’t think it was real, how could there be a Chinese police station here?” Wang said.
“Some of these people are good, some are bad, but the issue is about the right to a fair trial and not be tortured,” said Peter Dahlin, founder of Safeguard Defenders.
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