Pelosi speaks to a wide range of targets of Chinese repression during a meeting in Taiwan — Radio Free Asia

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Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi concluded her visit to Taiwan with a symbolic meeting with rights activists, from former political prisoners from Taiwan’s authoritarian past to pro-democracy Chinese leaders and members of beleaguered Uyghur and Tibetan ethnic minorities.

In her meetings at the National Taiwan Museum of Human Rights, built on the site of a notorious prison and military tribunal from Taiwan’s dark era of martial law, she contrasted the will of the now democratic island to address its past with the vast will of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) suppression of historical debate.

Participants told RFA that she also stressed the need to strengthen Taiwan, a theme of her public remarks and statements released during the 8 p.m. visit, which China has harshly condemned and launched war games and threatened a missile barrage and blockade of the island.

“We cannot sit idly by as the CCP continues to threaten Taiwan – and democracy itself,” she wrote in an op-ed in The Washington Post upon arriving in Taipei on a tour. Congress in Asia.

Chen Chu, Chairperson of the Taiwan Human Rights Council, who was once a political prisoner held and tried at this facility.

“Our delegation visited the National Museum of Human Rights with former political prisoners: a tribute to heroes who suffered and fought for Taiwanese democracy,” Pelosi tweeted. Another tweet showed her in tears after hearing stories from former prisoners.

She also met Wuer Kaixi, an ethnic Uighur and prominent student leader of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, Lam Wing-kee, a bookseller from Hong Kong forced to close his doors and go into exile in Taiwan, for books criticizing the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). , and Lee Ming-che, a Taiwanese activist who was imprisoned for five years in China.

The rights forum also included Kelsang Gyaltsen, representative of the Dalai Lama in Taiwan, and Yang Xianhong, director of the Taiwanese Coalition for Human Rights in China.

Attendees at the meeting said she highlighted the differences between Taiwanese democracy and dictatorship in China and the threat that authoritarianism poses to free societies.

“She said that she came to Taiwan and came to this forum to express her support for Taiwan’s freedom and democracy. She hopes we can talk to young people about human rights in China. “, said Lee.

Lee was released in April after serving five years in prison for “subversion of state power” for his NGO work helping the families of Chinese political prisoners.

Noting that Pelosi has been critical of Chinese human rights practices for most of her 35 years in Congress, he said “she thinks human rights and the rule of law in China have declined further and further in recent years.

Lee Ming-che, a Taiwanese activist imprisoned for five years in China, speaks to reporters after meeting Nancy Pelosi in Taipei, August 3, 2022. Credit: RFA
Lee Ming-che, a Taiwanese activist imprisoned for five years in China, speaks to reporters after meeting Nancy Pelosi in Taipei, August 3, 2022. Credit: RFA

Lee said he raised concerns with Pelosi about abusive Chinese practices, including “residential surveillance in a designated location” under which political prisoners are held incommunicado for a long period of time, and intensive monitoring of detainees after that they have served their sentence.

Lam, the former manager of Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay bookstore who was secretly kidnapped by the CCP, told RFA that Pelosi spent a lot of time focusing on understanding young people in Taiwan about China’s issues. mainland, Hong Kong and Tibet.

He said he told Pelosi that many young people in Hong Kong could not leave the city, move abroad or obtain residency status abroad and called for help to allow Hong Kong’s democratic protesters Kong in danger of emigrating.

The Taiwanese representative of the Dalai Lama as well as the government-in-exile of Tibet, Kelsang Gyaltsen, told RFA that he had informed Pelosi that the human rights situation in Tibet was getting worse and that the CCP’s totalitarian dictatorship was becoming a more and more extreme.

He said he pointed to Chinese assimilation policies in which boarding schools provide free meals, accommodation and tuition to attract Tibetan children to schools away from their parents, culture and religion.

Kelsang Gyaltsen, representative of the Dalai Lama in Taiwan, meets Nancy Lama in Taipei, August 3, 2022. Credit Kelsang Gyaltsen
Kelsang Gyaltsen, representative of the Dalai Lama in Taiwan, meets Nancy Lama in Taipei, August 3, 2022. Credit Kelsang Gyaltsen

For former Tiananmen pro-democracy leader Wuer Kaixi, deputy secretary general of the Taiwan Legislative Yuan Human Rights Promotion Association, “his trip itself is a very, very strong message” that repudiates years of US policies aimed at bringing China into the global system through trade and engagement.

“It didn’t bring China onto the world stage as a responsible actor. It didn’t bring China into capitalism and gave birth to a middle-class civil society, and ultimately democracy. It did not make China more reasonable,” he added. he told RFA Uyghur in an interview on Wednesday.

“On the other hand, it made China more greedy. And then they [China] feel that they are invincible and that the whole world will give in to whatever they do,” added Wuer Kaixi.

I think the sacrifices of the Uighur people and the resilience of Hong Kongers, Uighurs, Tibetans, and Chinese democratic movements also made it clear to the United States that the previous China policy was not working for them. he added.

Written in English by Paul Eckert.

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