Regeringen i Beijing har masser af selvtillid. Den kan gøre, som den vil. I de seneste par uger har myndighederne slået ned på sine kritikere i en af de største kampagner i et par årtier. Og regeringen ved, at den kan arrestere, kidnappe og chikanere hvem som helst, uden at det på nogen måde får konsekvenser fra det internationale samfund.
Det skriver Nicholas Bequelin, der er senior researcher for Human Rights Watch i denne kommentar på Foreign Policy:
After all, what penalties have been imposed on the Chinese government for having detained Liu Xiaobo’s wife since October without legal justification, an unprecedented event in the entire history of the Nobel Peace Prize? Is the Chinese government paying any price for the thuggish treatment of the blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng, imprisoned at his home since he was released from prison last September? Has any foreign government expressed public concern at the alarming news that Hu Jia, the health rights advocate and laureate of the 2008 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, will also suffer house arrest when he is released from prison this June? Has any government expressed public disquiet at the enforced disappearance of no less than four prominent rights lawyers — including Teng Biao, a 2007 recipient of the French Republic’s human rights prize and a lecturer at one of China’s top universities? The list could go on, but the answer is always the same: No.
The silence of the international community actually encourages Beijing to continue to lower the threshold of tolerance it has for activists in the country, contributing to the rise of the security apparatus in recent years. The battle lines are increasingly clear: the security barons, who oppose legal reforms, versus the citizens who are increasingly demanding precisely such change.
:: Foto – mit foto af en betjent, der forsøger at få udenlandske journalister til at forsvinde fra indgangen til Liu Xiaobo og hans hustru Liu Xias lejlighed