About 20 Taiwanese human rights organizations gathered at the Bank of China’s Taipei branch on September 30 to demonstrate against the abuses and authoritarianism of the Chinese regime on the occasion of China’s National Day.
At the peaceful protest, they invited the public “not to give up human rights, to resist China and authoritarianism.” In addition, they collected signatures in favor of the “Pledge on Human Rights against China,” expressing their determination to resist the expansion of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
The protesters expressed, “Don’t give up human rights, resist China, against authoritarianism!”
The event began with a press conference outside the Legislative Yuan, where several speakers delivered speeches.
Li Mingzhe, a Taiwanese human rights NGO worker, kidnapped by the CCP and imprisoned for more than five years, expressed his gratitude to the organizations that rescued him at the rally.
In addition, Li revealed the CCP’s actions in Hong Kong, Tibet, and Xinjiang and the danger of accepting the policy of one country, two systems.
In this regard, he recalled the remarks of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who recently declared that true peace in Taiwan would be achieved with “one country, two systems.”
To this, Li responded, “In a free and democratic Taiwan, if you choose to pact with the authoritarian and nefarious Chinese government, you would be doing a disservice to the people of Tibet and the people of Hong Kong, and most importantly, to all those who sacrificed their lives for democracy in Taiwan in the past.”
He also cited a recent report by Safeguard Defenders on the CCP’s detention of political prisoners. The report said that they not only detain political dissidents but also threaten, harass and detain their family members, even if they are not involved in the events.
Taiwan Human Rights Promotion Association secretary general Shi Yixiang said at the rally that the most notable difference between China and Taiwan is the protection of human rights, “it is the most powerful backing to protect Taiwan from China’s threats.”
On the other hand, Tashi Ciren, executive director of Tibet-Taiwan Human Rights Connection, said that every anniversary the CCP always claims to care about the culture, religion, and education of ethnic minorities, but the repression and abuses in Tibet are getting worse, and worse, adding that the Chinese regime is eliminating Tibetans, human culture and education.
Tashi told Tibetans, “I am a Tibetan in exile in a democratic country, Tibetans, in Tibet please do not give up, Tibetans in democratic countries we will work hard and one day we will achieve our goal.”
In the afternoon, the protest moved to the Bank of China building in downtown Taipei, the only place representing the CCP in the country. These protests are held every year for China’s National Day.
Is Taiwan at risk of becoming a CCP Xinjiang?
Many human rights advocates have revealed the danger Taiwan would suffer by adhering to the CCP’s policy.
Taiwan is a flourishing democracy after gaining its independence 70 years ago. Still, the Chinese regime continues to bully the country into joining China under the “one country, two systems” formula.
Since then, the CCP has declared its threat of invasion, increasing political and military pressure on Taiwan to provoke its surrender.
Nury Turkel, the head of a U.S. agency that monitors religious freedom worldwide, warned the Taiwanese that they could face a fate similar to that of the persecuted Uyghurs in China’s western Xinjiang region if the CCP succeeds in invading the democratic island.
“We have seen what the CCP is doing to the Uyghur people,” said Turkel, an Uyghur-American attorney and human rights advocate based in Washington, D.C.
“We know what the Chinese regime is doing to the people of Hong Kong and what they are willing to do to their own people in Shanghai in the name of a political goal. And we can be certain that the Chinese leaders pursue the same for Taiwan,” the official added.
Several investigations show the CCP’s abuses against the Uyghur ethnic group.
According to testimonies of ethnic Uyghurs, they were treated like slaves in factories. They suffered the worst human rights atrocities, such as indoctrination, torture, forced abortion, infanticide, rape, and removal of organs from living people to be sold to the organ transplant industry.
The CCP moved Uyghur citizens en masse from the western region of Xinjiang to factories across the country to force them into forced labor. As a result, they became part of the supply chains of at least 82 well-known global brands in the technology, apparel, and automotive sectors, including Apple, BMW, Gap, Huawei, Nike, Samsung, Sony, and Volkswagen.
According to the latest UN report released on August 31, China is responsible for “serious human rights violations” in Xinjiang province.
Following her visit to Xinjiang, Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations high commissioner for Human Rights, stated that “allegations of patterns of torture or ill-treatment, including forced medical treatment and adverse conditions of detention, are credible, as are reports of individual incidents of sexual and gender-based violence.”
The report shows that the Uyghurs suffered arbitrary detentions, “restricting them and depriving them of fundamental rights,” which are “international crimes, in particular crimes against humanity.”
She added: “The extent of arbitrary and discriminatory detention of members of Uyghur and other predominantly Muslim groups … may constitute international crimes, in particular crimes against humanity.”
However, Taiwan’s strong resistance and the support the island nation gained from the international community show that the CCP’s intimidation policies have not worked. On the contrary, they have further revealed the authoritarianism that the regime exercises in the region.