Chinese official wins key Interpol job amid global concern

A global alliance of lawmakers on China expressed deep concern over the election of senior Chinese government official Hu Binchen to the Interpol Executive Committee at the General Assembly meeting.

“Mr. Binchen HU from China and Mr. Praveen Sinha from India have been elected as Asia Delegates (3-year term),” Interpol said in a tweet.

The Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC) said in a statement that the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has repeatedly abused Interpol’s red notice to persecute exiled dissidents.

The elections took place in Turkey during the 89th General Assembly of the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL).

“Hu’s election gives the PRC government the green light to continue using Interpol as a vehicle for its repressive policies on a global scale and exposes thousands of Hong Kong, Uyghur, Tibetan, Taiwanese and Chinese dissidents living in stranger at an even graver risk,” IPAC said.

“The PRC cannot be allowed to prosecute its long-armed police overseas. In light of these abuses, we reiterate our call on all governments to revoke the extradition treaties with the PRC and Hong Kong activists, dissidents and exiles living abroad must be protected from harassment and intimidation by PRC authorities,” the statement added.

Earlier, parliamentarians and activists around the world launched a global campaign to oppose the candidacy of Hu Binchen, deputy director general at China’s Ministry of Public Security, to the executive committee of Interpol.

As many as 50 lawmakers, from 20 countries, who are part of IPAC, have written a joint letter to their governments alarming China’s moves to gain influence over the global police force.

The letter referred to recent attempts by the Chinese government to use Interpol’s Red Notice system to target Uyghur activists living in exile and claims that Hu Binchen’s election would give Beijing a “green light” to continue using Interpol as “a vehicle for the PRC”. repressive government policies.

Separately, a letter from 40 activists to Interpol member states warning that Hu Binchen’s election would have “serious consequences for the safety and well-being of Chinese, Hong Kong, Taiwanese and Chinese human rights activists living outside China as well as the Tibetan and Uyghur diasporas.

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