China ‘hunts’ Taiwan nationals through forced deportation: Report

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Human rights group Safeguard Defenders says Beijing has pressured governments to deport at least 600 Taiwanese citizens to the mainland instead of the self-governing island.

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Human rights group Safeguard Defenders says Beijing is pressuring foreign governments to extradite Taiwanese citizens to China, rights group Safeguard Defenders says and pressure has increased since Tsai Ing-wen was elected president five years ago. has gone.

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A China-focused human rights group investigation revealed that at least 610 Taiwanese were extradited or deported by foreign governments – mostly from countries in Asia but also from Spain, Armenia and Kenya – instead of Taiwan between 2016 and 2019. Most were accused of telecom fraud.

China claims self-governing Taiwan as part of its territory, but the two agreed more than a decade ago that police work in third countries to bring foreign suspects back to their respective territories. Will do

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Safeguard defenders said Beijing was ignoring that deal, especially since the election of Tsai, who the group claims seeks independence for the self-governing island.

“This international persecution of Taiwanese citizens amounts to an attack on Taiwan’s sovereignty, and the major global campaign under Xi Jinping to exploit extradition treaties, mutual law enforcement agreements and other multilateral institutions for political purposes of the Chinese Communist Party.” part,” said the defenders in a security report published on Wednesday.

The report said Taiwanese people were frequently transferred from Taipei after being denied access to consular support or communications, and sometimes after being denied contact with Taiwanese officials or family members. .

Under international law, no country should be deported to another country where they are at risk of persecution or gross human rights abuses.

Safeguard defenders said China had “unintentionally deprived” of fundamental human rights with policies including arbitrary detentions, forced disappearances and forced confessions.

It urged the international community to take immediate steps to intervene in the exercise and to immediately oppose the extradition of Taiwanese nationals to China.

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