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Published On: Mon, Sep 11th, 2017

Taiwanese rights activist Lee Ming-che pleads guilty in Chinese kangaroo court

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : Taiwanese right activist Lee Ming-che who has been held by the People’s Republic of China for alleged subversive activities since march 19 pleaded guilty of subversion in a court in Yueyang in China’s Hunan province today, Monday, September 11.

Lee Ming-Che_China_Taiwan_Sep 2017At the Yueyang Intermediate Court in Hunan Province, Lee Ming-che pleaded guilty to subverting Beijing’s authority, the first time a non-profit worker has been prosecuted on such charges since China passed a new strict law constraining foreign non-governmental organizations.

Giving testimony in Court Lee admitted that he “had spread articles that maliciously attacked the Communist Party of China, China’s existing system, and China’s government”. Regarding the content of the prosecution, Lee said there was no objection and he thanked the law enforcement unit for its “civilized handling of the case.”

Lee’s wife, Lee Ching-yu, who was invited by the Chinese government to attend the trial, told reporters on Saturday that she believed her husband may be pressured into pleading guilty.

Lee Ching_yu_taiwan_May 2017She also pleaded to the public in Taiwan to show forgiveness because her husband mat be pressured into saying something that would be embarrassing, and that she was hopeful that her husband would be released. Lee’s mother, Kuo Hsiu-chin, is also attending the trial.

Earlier attempts by his wife to fly to China and visit him were barred by the authorities there, who canceled her travel document. Lee, 42, is a former employee of President Tsai Ing-wen’s Democratic Progressive Party who expressed interest in China’s human rights situation and later went on to volunteer for a non-governmental organization that raised money for families of political prisoners in China and lecture on Taiwan’s democratization at community colleges.

In kangaroo court after the “people’s republic” disappeared Lee?

There is a strong case for the argument that Lee “was disappeared” in violation of international law against forced disappearances and other humanitarian laws. It took the government of the People’s Republic of China ten days before Beijing caved in for mounting international pressure and acknowledged that Lee had been arrested.

At a regular news conference in Beijing Wednesday, March 29, Beijing’s Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang, for the first time acknowledged that Lee had been detained, saying he was being investigated “on the suspicion of conducting activities damaging to national security.” Ma Xiaoguang did not specify what risk Lee Ming-che could have posed to the people’s republic’s “national security”.

He was showing no health problems, Ma said, following concern by his wife about high blood pressure and the possible absence of the necessary medicine. However, Beijing’s spokesman refused to answer questions from Taiwanese reporters as to Lee’s whereabouts, and he did not provide any details about what the former DPP worker had supposedly been doing.

Ma merely claimed that Taiwanese visitors to China had nothing to fear as long as they showed “normal” behavior as the country followed the rule of law. He did not specify what he meant with “normal” either or whether being outspoken about human rights issues was regarded as “not normal or rather normative behavior” in the people’s republic.

The statement prompted nsnbc editor-in-chief Christof Lehmann (this author) to ironically question what “the people’s republic” considers as “normal or normative behavior”, and if that would include “shutting up about human rights concerns, working for low wages for the benefit of the people’s republic and to die as soon as possible after retirement – all for the good of the people”.

Censored_Censorship_SP_OCProsecution and trial  clear violations of international law

The prosecution of Lee Ming-che and the trial for allegedly threatening national security by criticizing the “people’s republic’s” communist party, the political system and the government is a gross violation of international law. The irony that the trend to “shut up dissidents” is especially prevalent in “people’s republics” can hardly be lost on anyone.

The United Nations Human Rights Committee is clear and unambiguous with regard to these problems. Speech that is considered insulting, even speech that insults those in position of power, should never be the basis of a criminal prosecution. (emphasis added)

CH/L – nsnbc 11.09.2017

About the Author

- Dr. Christof Lehmann is the founder and editor of nsnbc. He is a psychologist and former independent political consultant on conflict, conflict resolution and a wide range of other political issues. In March 2013 he established nsnbc as a daily, independent, international on-line newspaper. He can be contacted at nsnbc international at nsnbc.wordpress@gmail.com

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  1. Beh Chooi Guan says:

    Heard about the remark’either you are with them or with us’ echoed across the US in the war in Afghanistan and Iraq. I guess every country preaches that when the country feels it’s being attacked what more Taiwan which is considered a province in China.

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