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Australia MPs slam China over jailed Nobel activist

Posted by Author on November 23, 2010

Mark Davis, Sydney Morning Herald, November 23, 2010 –

GOVERNMENT and opposition backbenchers last night slammed the Chinese government as thuggish and authoritarian over its jailing of the human rights activist Liu Xiaobo who was awarded the Nobel peace prize last month.

In a debate which will anger Beijing, four MPs spoke in support of a private member’s motion moved by the Labor backbencher Michael Danby congratulating Mr Liu on the Nobel prize and calling on China to release him from jail.
Mr Danby said Liu was serving an 11-year prison sentence for helping devise the Charter 08 manifesto seeking political freedoms for the people of China. The latest jail term followed earlier spells of imprisonment and house arrest for pursuing human rights reforms.

Liu was one of about 1400 political prisoners being held in an ”archipelago of labour camps scattered across China”.

The Chinese ”gulag” was there for all to see and Australians who wanted to do business and trade with China should not turn a blind eye to Beijing’s human rights abuses, Mr Danby said.

The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Liberal MP Peter Slipper, described China’s government as ”totalitarian, dictatorial, oppressive” and said it would be seen as ”an international thug of the first order” over its treatment of Liu.

”The Chinese set back their cause 1000 years every time they take the kind of mindless, unacceptable, anti-democratic, authoritarian, disgusting approach that they have taken to Mr Liu,” Mr Slipper said.

A Labor backbencher, Andrew Leigh, and a Liberal backbencher, Alex Hawke, also spoke in support of the motion before the debate was adjourned last night.

Asked about the government’s views on the motion, a spokeswoman for the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kevin Rudd, said: ”The government believes that formal motions in Parliament are not the best way of dealing with complex international matters. It is important, however, to point out that Mr Danby’s motion is consistent with the Australian government’s position.”

Sydney Morning Herald

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