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MOFA pans Kenya deportations

’UNCIVILIZED, ILLEGAL’:The DPP lodged a stern protest against China’s behavior, saying that its actions clearly violated the human rights of the people concerned

By Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporter

“At the meeting, the president instructed concerned government agencies to elucidate the government’s stance,” Presidential Office spokesman Ma Wei-kuo (馬瑋國) said.

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lodged a stern protest against China’s behavior, saying that its actions clearly violated the human rights of the people concerned.

“We request that relevant government agencies continue their negotiations [with Beijing], collect information on the Kenyan court’s verdict and other evidence, and demand the return of our nationals in accordance with the Cross-Strait Joint Crime-Fighting and Judicial Mutual Assistance Agreement [海峽兩岸共同打擊犯罪及司法互助協議] to safeguard their judicial human rights,” DPP spokesman Wang Min-sheng (王閔生) said.

In a statement issued later in the day, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) expressed regret over the Kenyan deportations and called on Nairobi to release 15 Taiwanese still in detention.

“China’s acts of forcibly taking Taiwanese to Beijing are detrimental to the stable development of cross-strait relations. We urge the Chinese authorities to return them to Taiwan at the earliest date possible,” Hung said.

The New Power Party (NPP) said it was “extremely angry” at Kenya’s “regrettable” actions because Kenya should not have made such a “ridiculous” mistake even if that nation does not have formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

The NPP statement also condemned China for being “completely unscrupulous” in “kidnapping” Taiwanese, stating that the actions made agreements that China signed with Taiwan look like “worthless scraps of paper.”

The case is reminiscent of the Philippines’ controversial deportation of 14 Taiwanese fraud suspects to China for trial in February 2011 based on Manila’s “one China” policy.

They were only returned to Taiwan five months later after negotiations between Taipei and Beijing based on the 2009 Cross-Strait Joint Crime-Fighting and Judicial Mutual Assistance Agreement.

Additional reporting by Abraham Gerber

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