Ekrem told VOA the extradition treaty tilts largely in favor of China, where capital punishment is applied. He said Uyghur refugees who are at risk of a death sentence if they return to China are particularly made vulnerable by the treaty, which makes no stipulation that those who are facing the death penalty there cannot be extradited.
Before then, when I phoned CCP officials in Beijing, they were arrogant and rude. Their attitudes have recently changed. The first day when nearly every local practitioner phoned, nine people decided to renounce their CCP memberships. I joked with another practitioner that it was rare to hear so many people say “Thank you!” in one day.
During 2020, the Chinese Communist Party Severely Restricts and Shuts Down Churches and Christmas Celebrations
The CCP had banned the Beijing Catholic Church of the Savior, also known as the Xishiku Church, from opening on Christmas Eve. Authorities had stationed armed security guards wearing black uniforms to barricade the church’s entrance and prevent parishioners from entering.
China, ranked 177 out of 180 in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), is expanding its hold beyond its borders to impose its “ideologically correct” vocabulary, to deter any criticism of itself and to cover up the darker chapters in its history.
“As open democratic societies and market economies, the EU and the U.S. agree on the strategic challenge presented by China’s growing international assertiveness.”
Hong Kong District Councillor Series: Leticia Wong Says She Will Do the Most She Can Amid Fears of Ousting and Arrests Targeting Democrats
Many see the November 2019 polls, in which democrats took control of 17 out of 18 councils, as Hong Kong’s last democratic elections after higher-level Legislative Council elections scheduled for September this year were postponed for at least 12 months. Last month, four opposition LegCo members were ousted for alleged disloyalty and 15 more resigned in sympathy.
It is in that spirit that I had intended to hold a 12-hour vigil and protest outside the Chinese Communist Party regime’s embassy in London on Christmas Eve. I had planned it with the theme of the “12 Days of Christmas” in mind – 12 hours of protest, with 12 demands. I had intended to sit outside your embassy in a cage, and I know others, including Uyghurs, Tibetans, Falun Gong practitioners and Hong Kongers had planned to join me at different times.
Veteran political journalist Ching Cheong told RFA that the newly established Bauhinia Party, which has close ties to the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP), is part of a broader strategy to control every aspect of life in the former British colony by eventually replacing its people:
According to court documents, officers at Boston Airport Customs had marked Zheng as a high-risk person for smuggling biological materials. In December 2019, before he boarded a Chinese flight from Boston’s Logan International Airport to Beijing, Zheng was seized by customs officials with medical research samples in his suitcase.
“The persecution of Falun Gong in China has been one of the harshest campaigns against a faith group in modern times,” lawmakers wrote in the statement. They urged the Chinese Communist Party to “immediately stop the persecution” and “unconditionally release all detained Falun Gong practitioners and other prisoners of conscience.”