Human Rights Without Borders
July 18th, 2017
【Domestic and Foreign News Comment】The news about the death of Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese human rights campaigner and a star of democratization, has set off a wave of mourning over the whole world. On July 13, Liu died at 61. As a Chinese human rights campaigner and also a Nobel Peace laureate, he paid all his life for human rights.
Liu was born in December 1955, Changchun City, Jilin Province and he became a lawyer after graduating from Jilin University and Beijing Normal University. After that, he worked in America and other places. When Tiananmen protests occurred on June 4th, 1989, he returned back to China, led and pushed the democracy movement. The Tiananmen protests, which was called “Bloody Sunday,” was a democracy demonstration, from which there appeared many thinkers. After that, human rights in China became an international subject of contention.
When Liu launched the signature drives with the aim of reforming the single-party regime of the CCP and improving human rights, he was sentenced to eleven years and imprisoned on the charge of overthrowing the government. In 2010, though he was selected as a Nobel Peace laureate, the Chinese government didn’t allow him to attend the award ceremony on the excuse of interfering in the internal affairs. Recently, Liu Xiaobo was diagnosed with advanced liver cancer and then was released on parole. He wanted to have therapies overseas and also the international community invited him to go abroad to receive medical care, but the Chinese government didn’t permit him to do so. Moreover, after he died, the Chinese government cremated his body and lowered his ashes into the sea for fear that his tombstones would become sacred site of human rights campaign. To this end, the Chinese government’s suppression of human rights was brought the forefront of discussion again. As the international community remember his dead the voice of accusing such inhuman act is expected to get higher in the future.
Since 1990, the U.S. Department of State submits reports on many countries every year, in which American government identifies many countries’ suppression of human rights such as Myanmar, Iran, Zimbabwe, Cuba, Belarus, Eritrea, with China and North Korea as the representative. Until 2016, the United Nations General Assembly has been receiving proposals on human rights from North Koreans for twelve years.
Recently, the human rights concerns of North Korea shocked the whole world. The death of Otto F. Warmbier, a college student in America, made American citizens feel angry. This world also sank into sadness. Less than a week after he was sent back to his country, this young man who had a lot of dreams and was once very healthy died. This makes us can’t help wondering that during he served his sentence of 15 years of hard labor for subversion, he was likely to suffer abuse. Until now, there are still three American and several foreigners who were detained in North Korea. And Jin Zhengxu, Jin Guoqi, Cui Chunji and other three missionaries from South Korea were detained too.
The cruel fact that those women who escaped from North Korea were arrested in China and suffered great agony are exposed bit by bit. They suffered illegal imprisonment, human trafficking and were forced to be send back to North Korea where they would be in suffering. On Marth 17th, there held a seminar in New York with the theme of Women Refugees Escaping From North Korea Fall Into a Plight and Suffered Human Trafficking. Many women escaping from North Korea attended this meeting. They clearly testified that they suffered human rights abuse like being jailed and forced into sexual slavery in China. Moreover, they also faced sufferings and atrocities after they were forced to send back to North Korea by Chinese government. After that seminar, the organizer, the American human rights group, and the members of North Korean Free Association addressed President Xi Jinping a petition, requiring him to stop sending back North Korean defectors forcibly.
During the course, human rights concerns of China and North Korea were blamed all the time. In China, which stubbornly clings to socialism, religious faith was limited. Especially, Falun Gong was seriously limited and suppressed. On June 13th, the American House of Commons approved the 343 human rights case. This case asked the Chinese government to halt the heinous acts like forceful organ extraction toward the practitioners of Falun Gong in China.
The Church of Almighty God in China has been the object of religion persecution since 1992. On May 28, 2014, as the May 28 McDonald’s Murder Case was reported done by the believers of the Church of Almighty God, the suppression on the Church enters the superheating stage. The Chinese government immediately developed the centralized control strategy named “Hundred Days Battle” to crack down on the Church of Almighty God. Alone according to the news report, at least 1,858 believers were arrested subsequently. In the following two years, the arrested Christians amounted to over 380,000.
According to the records of the suspects in court, they were not members of the Church of Almighty God at all, and never had they contacted with the Church of Almighty God. However, started with this case, the Chinese authorities strengthened their suppression against the Church of Almighty God, causing more and more believers to seek asylum overseas. Some of them applied for refugee status in South Korea. The believers of the Church of Almighty God have been scattered in many countries, such as South Korea, America, Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong and other areas.
The Chinese authorities regarded Falun Gong and the Church of Almighty God as cult. House churches and the Three-Self Church controlled by the government are no exception. There were 2000 churches being demolished their crosses in Zhejiang Province.
Human rights are the fundamental rights that all humans are entitled to enjoy, and something people were born with. They should be given naturally, and endowed by heaven. The United Nation issued the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. It stipulated that human rights are universal rights to all human beings, and emphasized that human dignity should be the foundation of one’s life for the sake of freedom, equality and justice in the world.
In all part of the globe, such as North Korea and China, human rights are violated recklessly. In fact, human rights should be protected because they are the basic rights to life, by which we can live like a real man. The right to freedom of belief also should be protected. Human rights could not be constrained because of the classification of countries and nations. When the global world unifies the idea of human rights, human rights will come true. Human rights are beyond frontiers.