Foreigner no exception to Chinese law

Source:Global Times Published: 2016-1-15 11:58:01

A Swedish man was detained in Beijing recently, Western media revealed. The man, named Peter Dahlin, believed to be aged 35, works for the US-based Chinese Urgent Action Working Group (CUAWG). The group claimed it is "composed of Chinese academics, lawyers, and political professionals," and the information about its members is confidential in order to ensure their safety. It is committed to "provide crucial support to human rights defenders in the most direct way possible: by catalyzing urgent action appeals and funding."

As far as we know, without being registered in the Chinese mainland, CUAWG has been carrying out activities outside China's legal supervision. A small number of radical political activists secure funds from overseas through such illegal channels and are subject to the orders of their sponsors. 

 One detail in the Western reports says that Dahlin has connections with the arrested lawyers and legal assistants from Beijing-based Fengrui Law Firm.

It was reported that he had "become worried" before he was detained. Things will get complicated if Dahlin funded illegal actions of the arrested lawyers using overseas sponsorship.

 Most NGOs in China have played a positive role in promoting China's comprehensive development. Organizations like CUAWG that are dedicated to aiding political confrontation are quite small in number. It aims at making trouble in China.

 By press time, the Swedish foreign ministry made no comments on the issue save a confirmation of the Swede's detention. It is some mainstream Western media outlets that are pointing fingers at China. 

Human rights lawyers have grown in China against the background that legal aid is insufficient to meet the demands of myriad grass-roots conflicts. Western foundations with political purposes have kept financing this field since a few years back, forming a rather complicated situation. They not only feed in capital to the Chinese mainland but also insert values. 

It's not difficult to blow up some cases into public events in the grass roots of China. Some incidents, which could be resolved, came to a deadlock through the meddling of human rights lawyers.

The special group has been hyped up as the most "conscientious" despite some having no legal qualifications while others are quite mediocre. 

It's unfair to completely attribute the emergence of human rights lawyers to overseas forces. Society should treat the issue based on facts and face up to its complexity.

China should start with addressing the grass-roots problems, while at the same time dealing with the challenges human rights lawyers have posed to the order of society based on the laws, in order to foster an orderly and harmonious society.

We believe Chinese judicial authorities will handle Dahlin's case in accordance with the law. He is a foreigner. But he is no exception to Chinese law.

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