Spain has indicted ex-Chinese president Hu Jintao on charges of genocide.
“[…] less than a week after Hu Jintao stepped down as China’s leader and lost his immunity from prosecution, the CAT, the Fundación Casa del Tíbet and the private accusation of Thubten Wangchen (below), lodged an extension to the initial lawsuit at the Audiencia Nacional’s nº 2 court.,” says the Tibetan Political Review, going on:
“The now former President of China, Hu Jintao, who left office on 15th March 2013, is accused of committing the crimes of genocide and serious violations of the Geneva Conventions against the Tibetan people that are being tried by this court.
“Despite conclusive proof of his direct responsibility in the case, he was not included in the list of accused until yesterday because of his immunity.”
Spain’s national court’s criminal division ruled in favour of an appeal by a Tibetan exile group, says the South China News, adding:
“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.
Now,“ ‘There’ll be some sort of diplomatic reaction,’” believes Nina Jorgensen, associate professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Faculty of Law.
“China has been very much against these proceedings.”
China claims Tibet as one of its provinces and rules with it an iron hand.
Tibetans are denied most rights universally enjoyed by citizens in free countries, including the rights to self-determination, freedom of speech, assembly, and travel.
Tibetan monks and nuns who support for the Dalai Lama the been treated with “ extreme harshness by the PRC Chinese authorities,” the New World Encyclopedia points out.