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Born in 1942 and Chinese president since 2003, Anhui native Hu Jintao had been posted to Gansu, Guizhou and Tibet during his climb up the party ranks, and first became a member of the Politburo’s standing committee in 1992. He graduated from Tsinghua University in 1964 with a degree in engineering. The Communist Youth League is known to be a staunch supporter of Hu. He retired as General Secretary of the Communist Party Central Committee and Chairman of the Party's Central Military Commission during the 18th Party Congress in November 2012, and expected to handover presidency of the PRC to Xi Jinping in the spring of 2013. 

 

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Spanish court indicts China's ex-president Hu Jintao on genocide charges

PUBLISHED : Friday, 11 October, 2013, 12:38pm
UPDATED : Friday, 11 October, 2013, 4:23pm
 

Spain’s National Court has agreed to hear charges of genocide against former Chinese President Hu Jintao.

On Thursday, the court’s criminal division ruled in favour of an appeal by Tibetan exile groups allowing the indictment of Hu, a request which had been dismissed in June by the same court.

The court, which handles crimes against humanity and genocide, argued that the earlier decision had to be overturned because one of the plaintiffs, Thubten Wangchen, is a Spanish citizen and because China had not carried out its own investigation into the allegations.

“There’ll be some sort of diplomatic reaction,” said Nina Jorgensen, an associate professor at the Chinese Univeristy of Hong Kong’s Faculty of Law. “China has been very much against these proceedings.”

“But in all likelihood, not a lot will happen,” she cautioned. “The case brings attention to the issue and gives the victims at least an opportunity to bring attention to their claims.”

Spanish courts can hear cases of crimes against humanity wherever they occur outside its national territory on the legal principle of universal competence. In 2009, the universality was limited to cases in which Spanish citizens are victims of such crimes.

The court’s decision follows lengthy proceedings which started in 2008, when Tibetan activist groups, one of them headed by Wangchen, asked the court to hold seven Chinese state leaders, including former President Jiang Zemin and former Premier Li Peng, responsible for crimes against humanity allegedly committed by the Chinese government in Tibet. China denounced the trial proceedings.

Hu Jintao served as Communist Party Secretary of the Tibet Autonomous Region between 1988 and 1992, overseeing a crackdown on anti-Chinese riots in 1989.

The court “recognises that this genocide is against the country of Tibet and against the Tibetan nation, and the judges recognise that this indictment of Hu Jintao comes at the precise judicial moment ‘when his diplomatic immunity expires’”, the Madrid-based Comité de Apoyo al Tíbet, a plaintiff in the case, said in a statement.

 

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tsering.d.dragung
as a response to bobbywong and ipc1998, spain is not the problem in that regard. china herself is the problem and it can only be solved if chinese people wake up from doomed nationalized ideology and take some responsibility as a citizen. it doesn't mean that you can speak if you have mouth rather responsible for what is coming from your mouth. may be you think it will ruin spain trade with china, although china is not stable and on the verge of falling sooner or later. not everybody is after money and immorality. so should you'll
lpc1998
Good advice! You better watch out what is coming out of your mouth. It is killing and hurting many Tibetan Chinese. Chinese people of all ethnic groups (apart of the relatively few foreign-back secessionists) are no different from other people when there is a need to defend their country’s territories. Ask the Indians, Japanese, Filipinos, Vietnamese, Malaysians, Thais, Cambodians, Russians, and many others. Many of these countries also have problems with secessionists and “freedom fighters”.
BobbyWong
Tell that to the Native Americans subjugated by us (yes I'm American), the First People in Canada, and the Northern Irish.
Oh yeah, don't forget the Basque which Spain is still terrorizing. There're conquered people everywhere. How about Hawaiians? Aboriginals in Australia?
Do what the rest of the indigenous population world over do - join the established sovereignty and current states for self preservation. Keep fighting, you'll end up like the Palestinians - oops, another one.
BobbyWong
The EU recognizes Tibet as an integral part of China. So shouldn't Spain, as part of EU, do the same?
And let's talk about the Basque, what about their independence?
321manu
This is about a human rights complaint, and not about Tibet's status in China. And let's try to avoid tu quoque and other logical fallacies, shall we?
BobbyWong
Okay then, does Spain have the moral authority to judge China, since it oppresses the Basques? I know my country doesn't, since our entire territory is obtained thru genocide of Native Americans.
lpc1998
China should view this decision of the Spain’s National Court seriously.
As the National Court is an organ of the Spanish state, its action is, therefore, an act of Spain against China.
The reference in its decision to “the country of Tibet” and “the Tibetan nation” should be totally unacceptable to the Chinese people as Spain is departing from the internationally recognized fact that Tibet is part of China.
The Chinese government is duty-bound to defend China’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. This calls for an immediate break of diplomatic relations between China and Spain. If Spain refuses to correct promptly her unfortunate errors, trade and other relations must be in jeopardy too.
Diplomatic relation between China and Spain can only be restored after Spain, clearly and unconditionally:
1. Correct her errors;
2. Apologize to the Chinese people for the errors;
3. Undertake not to mess around or interfere in the internal affairs of China,
4. Undertake not to support or in any way deal or associate with any person or group belonging to or associated with the Tibetan Chinese secessionists currently having their government-in-exile in Dharamshala, India.
It is quite clear that this attack on former Chinese President Hu Jintao is not only to embarrass him personally, but also to intimidate current and future Chinese leaders from discharging their duties to the Chinese people.
321manu
"As the National Court is an organ of the Spanish state, its action is, therefore, an act of Spain against China."
---dude, have you ever heard of an independent judiciary? Well, maybe that's a foreign concept to you.
And please, this is about a human rights complaint, and not about the status of Tibet within China. You guys need to read a little more closely, think a little bit more (cuz let's face it, any less would be physically impossible), and react in a knee-jerk fashion a little less frequently.
"Internal affairs"? Oh boy, next you'll be whining about "hurt feelings". Oh, and you'll be telling us about "stability" and "harmony". Did I miss any other CCP buzz-words?
lpc1998
Obviously, you have no idea what is meant by an organ of the state in international law and what an “independent judiciary” of a state being independent of.
****books.google.com.sg/books?id=8m8-3hidSKYC&pg=PA30&dq=%22an+organ+of+the+state%22+define&hl=en&sa=X&ei=m61YUsOgCMvLrQeU1ICoCA&ved=0CC8Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22an%20organ%20of%20the%20state%22%20define&f=false
The issue here is that the Spanish National Court has made erroneous comments in its decision on the status of Tibet, namely it has made reference in its decision to “the country of Tibet” and “the Tibetan nation”. Since it is an organ of the Spanish state, Spain is responsible for the errors.
In 1955, a 10-point Declaration was made by the first large-scale Afro-Asian Conference (also known as the Bandung Conference) and Point 4 states:
“Abstention from intervention or interference in the internal affairs of another country”
This principle is not an invention of the CCP.
****en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandung_Conference#Declaration
caractacus
Get lost, you shoe shining CCP lackey.

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