Hong Kong Politicians Support ‘No CCP Villians’ Campaign
Several Hong Kong politicians have indicated their support of a newly established Taiwan-based Alliance of victims of human rights abuse in China.
Individuals and groups who have been persecuted by CCP officials in China have given a list of over 11 thousand names to the Taiwanese government. The “No CCP Villain International Alliance” was founded in Taiwan by groups and individuals who say they have been or are currently persecuted by Chinese Communist Party officials. They urge the Taiwanese government to deny the named CCP officials entry to Taiwan based on their human rights records.
Hong Kong lawmaker Albert Ho said the establishment of the alliance is “encouraging” because of its clear stand. Since the Chinese regime always uses the human rights issue as a bartering chip, it is important that “there is a constant voice to keep telling it: money is not everything, and that there are many people and governments who won’t yield to economic interests.” He added that such a voice also reminds others, “there are many things in this world more important than money, such as human dignity, human rights and the value of human life.”
Ho believes that change in China hinges on the awakening of its people, and that Egypt is a noteworthy example. “The uprising caused the Chinese regime to become very frightened. Can it still rely on long term high pressure tactics and policies to maintain stability?” Ho added that only genuine democratic reform can solve China’s social conflicts.
Ho is also Chair of the China Human Rights Lawyer Concern Group, which has been actively involved in attempting to rescue renowned Chinese lawyer Gao Zhisheng.
Another Hong Kong lawmaker Kwok-hung Leung says that the establishment of the alliance is a good reminder for the Taiwanese government. Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan and twelve city and county councils in Taiwan have already passed the motion not to invite, receive, or welcome CCP human rights violators, but this directive has yet to be put into action. Leung said there are an estimated one million Taiwanese working in China. “They could be deprived of their human rights in China, so Taiwan shouldn’t take this lightly.”
Deputy Chair of Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China Richard Tsoi said that the Chinese regime has never loosened its suppression of Falun Gong, rights activists and other religious groups, and the situation has worsened day by day. He feels it is important, “to not let up on continuously pushing for [changes] through various rational ways.”