Australia has joined an international coalition of 57 nations that condemns hostage diplomacy, in a move designed to increase diplomatic pressure on China and other countries that arbitrarily detain foreigners.
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Signatories include Japan, the UK, the US and most members of the European Union
The declaration does not specifically mention any country
This was reportedly sparked by concerns over the arrests of foreigners by China, Iran, Russia and North Korea
Did not specifically name any countries, but a Canadian official told Reuters the move was sparked by concerns over the arrests of foreigners by China, Iran, Russia and North Korea.
“We want to make it [China] feel a little uncomfortable, “the official said.
“We want them to know that many countries find this practice unacceptable and hopefully over time it contributes to behavior change.”
Other signatories include Japan, Britain, the United States and most of the 27 EU member states.
However, the declaration has attracted little support from much of the world, with few Middle Eastern, African and Latin American countries signing off.
Canadian Foreign Minister Marc Garneau insisted that the declaration sent a clear message.
In a video statement, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said: “The practice of arbitrary detention is against international law.”
“States must uphold all their international human rights obligations, and that includes obligations to foreign nationals and dual nationalities in their jurisdiction.
The Chinese government has not formally responded to the declaration, but they used state media earlier this week to flag the move from Canada, calling it an “aggressive and ill-considered attack designed to provoke China”.
German The UN envoy, during the last scheduled UN Security Council meeting, appealed China to free two Canadians who were detained for Christmas, which prompted the UN envoy to China to respond: “From the bottom of my heart: Good liberation.”
Germany is completing a two-year term on the 15-member council at the end of this month and Ambassador Christoph Heusgen plans to retire after more than 40 years as a diplomat.
“Let me end my term on the Security Council by begging my Chinese colleagues to ask Beijing to be released Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. Christmas is the perfect moment for such action, “Heusgen said at the council session, whose official agenda topic is Iran.
Trudeau said he wished the two Michael’s good news before the New Year
Kovrig, a former Canadian diplomat who worked as an advisor to the think tank International Crisis Group, and businessman Spavor was detained by Beijing in 2018 shortly after Canadian police arrested Huawei Technologies Co Ltd Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou on a US warrant.
China’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations, Geng Shuang, accused Heusgen of misusing the Security Council to launch “nasty” attacks against other members “in an attempt to poison the working atmosphere.”
“I want to say something from the bottom of my heart: Good release, Ambassador Heusgen,” said Geng. “I hope the council without you in 2021 will be in a better position to fulfill its responsibility … to maintain international peace and security.”
Two Michaels have now been detained in China for two years
Two Michaels have now been detained in China for two years – 10 Dec 2020
Heusgen also used a Security Council meeting to advise Russia’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations, Dmitry Polyanskiy, to read certain articles about Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, who said he had tricked a Russian secret agent into revealing details of a failed plot to assassinate him. Russia’s FSB security service dismissed the footage as fake.
Polyanskiy replied: “It looks like he’s developed a certain dependence on the board, there is never a meeting without criticism of Russia even if it doesn’t fit the subject. I hope that after January 1st Christoph’s symptoms will improve. “
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(Reporting by Michelle Nichols Editing by Mark Heinrich)
Canada has reported human rights to India and Switzerland has made a career out of calling itself a neutral country – dispute broker and human rights enforcer.
A new report is making waves, saying Justin Trudeau wants to engage with China militarily. He wants the PLA to train with Canadian troops. The report has been published by a Canadian newspaper.
He claimed that the Trudeau government wanted to conduct joint military exercises with China. It had invited the PLA for winter military drills, however, such drills were never particularly carried out after Canada’s chief of defense staff scrapped the plan.
General Jonathan Vance appears to be against the will of the Trudeau government. The reason is pressure from the United States – Canada’s neighbor and ally. America believes that this kind of exercise can benefit the PLA.
Prime Minister Trudeau reportedly “rampaged on the Canadian armed forces” for canceling a training mission, claims the so-called rebel news outlet. Canada’s relations with China have been on the decline since then.
The country arrested Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer. China retaliated by arresting two Canadians. Canada has spoken out in support of the Hong Kong protesters. China says Trudeau’s five-eye alliance can be ignited and blinded.
Trudeau was left to explain why he wanted military training with China in the first place. After this, Switzerland and China made a secret deal. A deal that allows Chinese spies to operate freely on Swiss territory – a deal that pays Swiss taxpayers the costs of operating Chinese spies.
Switzerland calls it a “readmission agreement”. It was signed in 2015 for five years and the agreement expires on Monday. However, it may be updated as reports say efforts are being made. Switzerland kept the agreement secret for more than four years. Finally, in August there was an agreement like that.
A human rights campaign group has distributed an English translation of the deal that outlines the requirements for Chinese agents and how they will operate in the country.
Chinese agents are allowed to travel to Switzerland. They were allowed to interview suspected Chinese nationals people wishing to be deported to Switzerland which took place in disguise.
This is an unprecedented arrangement that does not allow surveillance of Chinese spies as there is no accountability for the methods used or what they do to the deported individuals.
Reports say the deal allows Chinese agents to travel unofficially. Europe has open borders. Once a person enters Switzerland, there is access to the entire European Union even though Switzerland is not part of the EU but is covered by a Schengen visa.
One can travel almost anywhere on the continent. No one can say where these Chinese spies went and what they did. No matter what China does, it gets a free pass in the free world because countries that tell others about rights and politeness do their best to accommodate Beijing.
Executive of Huawei Meng Wanzhou is seeking full access to redacted intelligence Agency documents to support her claim that her Charter rights were violated during his arrest in Vancouver and that the extradition case should be thrown out.
Virtual hearings in the Federal court in Ottawa on Monday, lawyers for Ms. Meng to say that a number of documents from the Canadian security and intelligence service, released under the regulation on disclosure of information, were more subject to excessive censorship and overly broad claims of privilege.
The canadian government said that releasing unredacted documents would damage national security and to aggravate tensions between the governments of Canada and China.
Defender Ian Carter said Monday the contents of the materials already in the public sphere.
“We are looking for extra puzzle pieces that have to do with what happened in relation to the defendant’s arrest,” he told Justice Catherine Kane.
Ms. the man was detained at Vancouver International airport in December 2018, and remained under partial house arrest in Vancouver so. The United States claims that Huawei technologies. LTD. the Executive lied to HSBC on business of his company in Iran that put the American division of a global Bank at the risk of violating sanctions against Iran. U.S. authorities are seeking her extradition to the US on charges of fraud.
A powerful legal team, Ms. Meng has formed a comprehensive defense strategy with one argument that her Charter on the rights and protection of freedoms had been violated during his arrest and, therefore, the case should be reversed.
Defender Scott Fenton said Monday that the electronic device Ms. the man was seized and sealed in a signal-blocking Faraday bags and that she was detained for three hours, never saying why, or that there was a temporary warrant for her arrest.
“All this information was deliberately hidden from her and, throughout this investigation, Ms. the man was devoid of any current Charter law,” Mr. Fenton said.
They are looking for additional information connected with the arrest, for example, details of the planning process, who was involved, along with information concerning inter-Agency cooperation with the participation of the Federal Bureau of investigation, the United States, the Royal mounted police of Canada and the canadian border services Agency.
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The Memorandum submitted by the team of Ms. man as part of arguments this week said the national security privilege should not be used to cover information concerning allegations of abuse of process.
“In addition, the national security privilege should not be used to protect state law enforcement agencies from shame,” the note said.
In a brief reply, Crown counsel Robert refectory, on behalf of the United States, said the attorney General rejects the idea that there is a conspiracy to deprive Ms. man of her rights, or that government officials failed to properly execute an arrest warrant.
“All these charges will be vigorously challenged in the Supreme court of British Columbia,” he said.
Asked Monday about the case of Ms. Meng, a representative of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of China Wang Wenbin said the willingness of Canada to act on behalf of American interests to blame in frosty Canada-China relations.
“Canadian court evidence clearly shows that in the case of a man Wanzhou is a serious political incident made in the USA for the suppression of Chinese high-tech companies, including Huawei, abusing his extradition Treaty with Canada,” Mr. Wang told reporters at a press conference in Beijing.
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“Canada is acting as a cat’s paw for the United States it has been used in the United States in order to achieve the objectives of the few American politicians and American business interests. It is an obvious fact not only China, but also people with vision in the United States, Canada and abroad”.
Michael Kovrig, a former canadian diplomat and businessman Michael Spavor, was carried out in China, beginning with the month of the arrest, Ms. man, largely seen as retribution. China also subsequently banned the import of canadian meat and severely suppressed the purchases of rapeseed and soybeans. Beijing has already lifted the ban on meat imports, but the exports of rape continue to face obstacles.
Arguments to continue the hearing in closed session on Thursday.
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In new court filings in its fight against extradition to the United States, Meng Wanzhou accuses the U.S. government is not only using her as a bargaining chip in negotiations with China, but also misleads the government of Canada and the courts about the evidence gathered against her.
Huawei Technology. LTD. CFO claims abuse of process by the us government and sought the extradition proceedings, the request must be heard in court in early 2021. As expected, it is a reference to comments by US President Donald trump, where he said, “of course, to intervene” in the case of Mengu, if it helps to get a better trade deal with China.
“These things were poisoned. They can no longer be reasonably regarded as fair, regardless of the undoubted integrity of the court” legal Department financial officer of Huawei, said to the new version.
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Ms. Maine, who was arrested by the police on the request for extradition to the United States at the end of 2018 while in transit through Vancouver international airport, free on bail in Vancouver. She faces numerous charges in the US, along with the Chinese Telecom giant, including a violation of U.S. sanctions against Iran. American charges for which she was arrested in Canada is cheating Bank which is a crime in this country and the United States.
In may, Ms. man has lost its first legal proposal for the completion of the extradition process.
Canada the arrest of Ms. Meng led to a break in relations with China, which included Beijing castle two Canadians – Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor – in retaliation and the imposition of restrictions on farm trade goods. China accused Canada to take part in a “political conspiracy” with the United States to undermine Huawei.
In new court documents, Ms. man is a challenging key elements of the case of the United States against her, weakening several occasions when she claims that the Americans distort the facts in favor of their case. She focused on the documents submitted by us prosecutors to describe evidence supporting the us extradition request.
USA “wrongly cut” record of the case against Ms. man “in support of his theory of criminal responsibility,” the new Executive of Huawei’s lawsuits say. This includes selectively quoting evidence.
The United States asserts that Ms. man lied to banks including HSBC about the true nature of the relationship between Huawei and a subsidiary in Iran, called Skycom, and that this deception has led bankers to clean up hundreds of millions of dollars of transactions in violation of U.S. sanctions.
Ms. Meng’s legal team taking aim at a key piece of evidence that the US government has led in order to make his case that Huawei’s CFO lied: in August 2013, the presentation consists of 16 slides that Ms. man spoke with HSBC bankers in Hong Kong.
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The government of the United States, her lawyers say, misled the Supreme court of British Columbia by selectively quoting from this PowerPoint, a copy of which is included in the present document to the court.
They argue that the U.S. record of the case against Ms. Meng and Huawei lowers “very important information” of the two slides and thus leaves the impression that the Executive technician never told h that Skycom has done business with Huawei in Iran or that Huawei and Skycom have had a long business relationship.
The legal team says the slide 6 and slide 16 shows that Ms. the man was much more transparent with HSBC than suggested. Omitted statements “as a business partner of Huawei, Skycom works with Huawei in the field of sales and services in Iran” and Huawei “normal and controlled business cooperation with Skycom”, it was controlled by Skycom.
The lawyers of Ms. Meng to say that these omissions and distortions serious. USA “conduct fell so far below the expected standard of diligence, sincerity and accuracy constitute serious violations of the process,” they say.
In new court documents also claim that since August 2013 the presentation of the Bank HSBC announced that Huawei and Skycom have worked together in Iran, the financial institution was aware that he could not clear Skycom funds through U.S. banks without risking the violation of U.S. sanctions law. “[Ms. Meng’s] The PowerPoint presentation gave h material the information necessary to assess the risk of clearing transactions in U.S. dollars related business Skycom in Iran”.
In addition, the legal team g-man says, there is no need to clear transactions in U.S. dollars through U.S. banks. It provides evidence, including a statement that HSBC has the option clearing funds via the clearing system automated the transfer of a building (chats), an alternative transaction and clearing system is based in Hong Kong,“ which includes in the United States without risk of sanctions.”
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“In summary – the facts not disclosed [United States]: Without cheating. No material omission. No behavior [Ms. Meng] the location of HSBC Bank at risk. No fraud”, her legal team said in the latest court filings.
Recent filings for Ms. man also cite Dec 2019 statement by the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to support its argument that the efforts for extradition to the US ruined.
While Mr. Trudeau has repeatedly stated that the canadian extradition process judicial and not political, it opened in December last year that he had asked Mr. trump not cut final trade agreement with China, while there was no resolution in the cases of Ms. Meng and two Canadians.
“The obvious implication of these observations is that the Prime Minister brought to the attention [United States] he supports its use [Ms. Meng’s] the case as a bargaining chip in trade negotiations,” legal Department, CFO of Huawei, said in court documents.
“Statements by the Prime Minister as to strengthen [Ms. Meng] caught in a geopolitical battle, did not depend on the merits of her criminal case.”