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China must respect human rights

The new Silk road is the name and the ambassador's welcome statement to the despite, is nothing more than an attempt to quickly put the fittings on the ports and railways around the globe. The totalitarian regime in China has mastered the ”lånefällan” phenomenon to offer the poor countries large loans for expansion of their infrastructure, loans that these countries are unlikely to be able to pay it back. Thus was the harbour in Sri Lanka became a chinese property – most likely it will be converted to a naval base. The chinese navy already has a naval base in the african republic of Djibouti.

The chinese regime has exerted pressure on the world's all the airlines to get them to remove the name of Taiwan – a democracy with a population of 24 million – from their destinations.

But, such phenomena, as well as China's trade and environmental policies can better be described by other writers, that DN makes in the leader, march 15. We jointly sign this article, our focus is on a different side of China, namely the human rights situation. It is high time for Sweden's and the west's trade policy towards China to take into account the chinese regime's treatment of ethnic and religious minorities.

”Human rights with chinese characteristics”, it is called by the regime. This is despite the fact that China has signed the UN declaration on human rights. ”That there are differences in history, culture and political systems between our two countries should not be an obstacle for us to be able to develop our relationship,” writes the ambassador. Then you have not understood the most essential of human rights, namely basic rights such as freedom of expression, freedom of the press, freedom of association, etc, are independent of culture or political system.

In the western world, we have in our quest to maximize the profit created an illusory ethics that fits China's attempt to ethical relativism as the hand in the glove, namely the mantra that free trade leads to improvements of the human all the living conditions. Sweden's own minister of foreign trade, Ann Linde said that ”the Government believes that the functioning of trade relations, strengthen the framework conditions for improvement of the MR. situation in China.”

Neither ethical relativism or free trade has led to vulnerable minorities in China – or the population at large – better. Many believe that the human rights situation in China is worse today than in the last several decades. In Östturkestan (Xinjiang) are currently 1.5 million people incarcerated in the so-called ”re-education camps” on the basis of their racial background. Their culture and religion is being undermined, actively.

Freedom House . the Tibetan religion, language and culture are undermined. Panchen lama, by many regarded as tibetan buddhism's second highest leader, celebrates 30 years in april but has not been seen to since he was a six-year-old was kidnapped by the chinese authorities.

Religious groups such as Falun Gong and christians are brutally persecuted, and many of the believers have been tortured to death. Human rights lawyers who help the persecuted, harassed and imprisoned.

in China, the Regime can, in this day not explain where all the bodies to the annual 60.000 the need for organ transplants will. Both the european Parliament (2013), and the U.s. congress (2016) has sharply criticized the systematic organ harvesting carried out by state institutions. Also the number of those sentenced to death and executed is the highest in the world, per capita.

in Addition to this, we have the case with the Swedish publisher of the Gui Minhai, who has been detained for three years without trial.

Human rights is not and must never be allowed to become a relative concept. Decades of free trade with China has not led to the slightest improvement of the chinese regime's view of human rights. In how many decades more should we convince ourselves that something will change? Trade between China and the west has increased nine times in the last twenty years, but the human rights situation has not improved. Instead, China has installed the world's largest monitoring network with 170 million-mounted cameras and an additional 400 million which shall apply.

Recently sentenced a chinese spy in Sweden who have devoted themselves to flyktingspionage directed against tibetans. This year was the same thing against the uighurs. Moreover, the embassy in Stockholm repeatedly thwarted the peaceful manifestations through to overpower them with music at high volume, a clear violation of Sweden's constitutional demonstration. Two of the organisations below has the week been reported to the police these events. This confirms the picture of a China that does not want to change, but rather to export its worldview to the western world.

If Sweden tacitly accept, fund, and help China to normalize serious crime against humanity, we are, in practice, accomplices to these, the government as well as businesses and citizens.

We who sign this post is confident that there will come a day in which citizens, companies and nations take their responsibility and deal with the chinese regime, such as the brutal dictatorship it is. Trade with China must be fair, reciprocal and linked to demands for improvements in regard to human rights. Only by doing this can trade with China lead to an improvement of the situation of ethnic and religious minorities, as well as the chinese people themselves.

the Regime's crimes is spreading in the pace of China's expansion. The ”One Belt One Road” is not just a lånefälla for developing countries, but also an effective channel for the export of its ideology, corruption, and views on human rights. The media, NGO's and the government should take its responsibility to inform about these crimes, publicly condemn them, and to take other effective means to stop it all before it gets too late.

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