DHARAMSALA, 27 Aug: A Chinese civil rights activist has stated that the Chinese Communist Party “is an enemy of humanity.”
The blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, known for his harrowing escape from Chinese house arrest in 2012, made the remarks in his speech during Wednesday night’s Republican National Convention.
” The CCP is an enemy of humanity. It is terrorizing its own people, and it is threatening the well-being of the world,” he said.
“In China, expressing beliefs or ideas not approved by the CCP, religion, democracy, human rights, can lead to prison,” he added.
He went on to say that, “the US must use its values of freedom, democracy and the rule of law to gather a coalition of other democracies to stop CCP’s aggression.”
The Chinese civil rights activist and dissident, brought to the US by the Obama administration further expressed his gratitude to the US and stated that he will forever remain grateful to the American people for welcoming him and his family to the US where they are now free.
The Chinese legal activist escaped house arrest in 2012 and was given shelter in the US Embassy in Beijing, where he remained for six days. Chinese officials later allowed the activist and his family to leave the country to study in New York.
His appearance at the Republican National Convention, however, has drawn some flak. “Chen is a divisive figure not only in China. Among the overseas dissident community, he has faced criticism for espousing right-wing views that many other activists consider to be antithetical to the fight for human rights in China,” reports the SCMP.
“Trump had no interest in pushing for human rights and democracy in China,” Teng Biao, an exiled Chinese human rights lawyer in the US was quoted as saying in the report.
“For Chinese human rights defenders there is zero logical consistency to supporting Trump,” Teng Biao, a Chinese human rights lawyer now in the US as saying,” he added.
According to a report on Guardian, Guangcheng and a number of other Chinese activists rallies behind President Trump for his harder-line stance against China, while many Chinese activists argue that supporting Trump is “antithetical to the cause of human rights.”