What's Next for the Chinese Regime After Libyan Sanctions?

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The Chinese regime on Saturday voted with the United Nations Security council to impose sanctions on the Gaddafi regime in Libya. These include a referral of Gaddafi’s deadly crackdown on protestors to the International Criminal Court. Some commentators believe the Chinese regime had no choice but to go against its usual practice of avoiding punishing countries for what they do within their borders.

When Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi turned the military on anti-government demonstrators, he justified it with the Chinese regime’s deadly crackdown on the Tiananmen pro-democracy protestors in 1989. On Saturday, the Chinese regime supported a United Nations Security Council resolution to sanction Gaddafi for his actions. These include a referral to the International Criminal Court in The Hague for investigations on the killing of civilians.

[David Kilgour, Canadian Human Rights Lawyer]:
“They voted for it. But I am sure they weren’t happy about it. They were, of course, worried that [the sanctions] might someday be applied to them.”

The Chinese regime has long opposed U.N. intervention in the domestic matters of countries. This is mainly because it doesn’t want its own actions against civilians to be scrutinized. In 1989, the Chinese Communist Party rolled tanks into Beijing’s Tiananmen Square to crush an uprising by students who demanded democracy and reform. Since then, the regime has continued to abuse the rights of citizens, such as practitioners of the Falun Gong spiritual practice, Tibetans and Uyghurs and has forced women to have abortions under its one child policy, to name a few.

Chief Editor of Beijing Spring Magazine Hu Ping believes the Chinese regime had no choice but to vote with the United Nations.

With a vote for sanctions on Libya, the Chinese regime may have paved the way for it to ultimately be held accountable for its own human righ...

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