Monday, October 11, 2010
Ireland had authority to arrest Chinese official for his ties with the Falun Gong genocide: expert
Sunday Tribune: While the focus was very much on economic ties between Ireland and China on the arrival of communist party official Li Changchun, a criminal complaint was filed with gardaí but not pursued. It related to his alleged ties to the mass genocide of the Falun Gong spiritual community in China, which claims more than 3,000 murdered in the past 11 years. Apparently Li was a "key architect" of the elimination of Falun Gong practitioners in the Guangdong province and was linked to torture, extrajudicial killings and genocide.
Ireland is legally obliged to uphold both the Geneva Conventions on torture as well as domestic legislation enforcing the prosecution of those suspected of inhumane acts.
Such legislation allows a country to arrest, detain and even try somebody for human rights violations even if it is outside their jurisdiction, the most famous example being Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet. Arrest warrants have also been issued in some countries for individuals associated with politically turbulent parts of the world.