Can somebody please explain why an English research group, the Centre for Business and Public Sector Ethics (CBPSE)is collaborating with delegation from China’s Ministry of Public Security as part of arrangements for a seminar, next month, at Trinity Hall, Cambridge University. Surely the organizers would be aware of the harrowing record of China’s secret police, which suppresses the values of justice, freedom of speech and thought and human rights that academic institutions have as core values? It is entirely baffling how a serious research body such as the CBPSE would extend a welcome to those engaged in torture, censorship and oppression. Equally disturbing to read that the very subject which should be firmly on the agenda of such a seminar, human rights, will not feature, and that those attending the event not allowed the freedom to ask questions on the issue. No doubt this censorship will be warmly applauded by China’s regime and its psychopathic enforcers, who specialize in inflicting human misery and suffering on a scale arch Nazi Heinrich Himmler could only dream of.
As is well known China’s Ministry of Public Security invade every aspect of life under China’s tyranny and operate with a cruelty that would have been well known to the Gestapo. Their methodology of abuse and torture are well documented and have been reported by Amnesty International and the International Society of Human Rights, who produced a chilling report on the various techniques of torture employed by China’s security goons.
Readers may have noted from our reports on University of Sydney and the Confucius Institutes there is a growing concern at the extent of economic and political influence from China over universities, who have established academic and financial partnerships.This latest controversy does little to reassure concerns that principles of human rights are being marginalized and it’s name being linked with China’s Ministry Of Public Security is an ignominy that a world respected University such as Trinity Hall, Cambridge must surely feel extremely uncomfortable about?
Meanwhile what of the seminar’s reported organizers the Centre for Business and Public Sector Ethics? Would they have rolled out the red-carpet for the torturers of other totalitarian regimes, while shielding them for any discussion on human rights? It is impossible for example imagining them inviting senior members of East Germany’s dreaded Stazi or security officers of South Africa’s racist Apartheid regime to seminars. Yet the obvious ethical concerns and opposition to such a troubling association appear to be strangely absent with respect to China’s regime and its violent enforcers. What makes this harder to fathom is that the CBPSE surely respects values of human rights, freedom of speech and equality, yet in light of it’s alleged collaboration with China’s Ministry Of Security, it must be difficult for some not to conclude that it’s endorsing the odious operations of that department? More so when you consider that it will be effectively protecting its Chinese guests from any awkward inquiries, as reported HERE
For the purpose of fairness we respectfully invite the Director of CBPSE and Professor Martin Daunton Master Of Trinity Hall to reply to the concerns raised here and are happy to feature a rejoinder. We have received a number of emails and private messages on Twitter all expressing outrage that China’s blood-soaked security service is being welcomed in such a manner and presumably hosted with the knowledge and agreement of Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge.
If like us you have questions on this matter and feel a need to express your concern you may do so directly to the following:
Centre for Business and Public Sector Ethics firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Martin Daunton Master Of Trinity Hall, University Of Cambridge email@example.com
Trinity Hall, University Of Cambridge firstname.lastname@example.org
14 thoughts on “Cambridge University Venue To Host China’s Gestapo”
How on earth can you invite Chinese representatives to the Center on Ethics, all ethics in China are lost due to their government. The West and especially Britain, with not the best of track record on the world, should know better. It is like Ghandi said when they asked him what he thought of Western civilization he replied “I think it would be a good idea!”
John, thanks for your solidarity and concern on this matter
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This is just so sick I hope someone from Anonymous sees this and can help take action
THANK YOU for the emails, I sent THIS:
I am writing to express my shock and outrage upon reading that the Centre for Business and Public Sector Ethics is hosting China’s Public Security Bureau at a seminar at Cambridge University next month, and has agreed not to upset the Chinese government by raising the issue of human rights. seminar at Cambridge University next month, and has agreed not to upset the Chinese government by raising the issue of human rights.
Surely the organizers know of the Chinese government’s record of state sponsored torture, murder and genocide, because it is well known. As I write, there are at least 8 million Chinese citizens imprisoned in labor camps with conditions equal to the Soviet Gulag. Tens of thousands of political prisoners languish in Chinese jails, many for the crime of “counterrevolutionary thought” – where they are routinely subject to torture and deprivation on the scale of the Nazi concentration camps. This is well documented by every human rights organization in the world. Many of these victims are children, especially in Tibet, where the Chinese Communist Party continues its illegal military occupation with brute force, murdering innocent civilians for such acts as displaying a photograph of the exiled Dalai Lama.
Inviting the Public Security Bureau of China into your halls and agreeing NOT to mention the thorny issue of human rights is to absolve them of their crimes against humanity, and to debase international standards of law and the rights and protection of the individual. Will you also invite victims to describe the torture and abuse they endured at the hands of Chinese Public Security Bureau officials? How can you discuss ethics without discussing human rights?
In was not very long ago, a mere 6 decades, that Britain led the fight against Nazi tyranny. Now Britain his hosting the world’s largest Gestapo; China’s Public Security Bureau. Did they promise a large endowment for Cambridge University? Have the standards of international conduct and human dignity fallen so low that the Centre for Business and Public Sector Ethics feels confident that they can host China’s Gestapo, and not only will nobody notice, but worse, nobody will care?
I await your timely response.
Sincerely, Maura Moynihan
Maura, Thanks so much for adding your articulate, informed and passionate voice to this issue. It is as your comments reflect an absolute disgrace that a think-tank on the subject of ethics invites the bloody enforcers of China’s tyrannical regime to a seminar at University Of Cambridge and then imposes a no-go zone regarding questions about human rights. Clearly the Centre for Business and Public Sector Ethics needs to urgently evaluate it own moral compass!
Centre for Business and Public Sector Ethics
Professor Martin Daunton Master Of Trinity Hall, University Of Cambridge
Trinity Hall, University Of Cambridge
Dear Sirs/Madams and presumably good folk
Can somebody please explain why an English research group, the Centre for Business and Public Sector Ethics (CBPSE) has invited a delegation from China’s notorious Ministry of Public Security to attend next month a seminar at Trinity Hall, Cambridge University?
I can only think that you are indeed inviting them as a peace delegation, in the hope of making contact with such people, to try to bring them into the 21st century, that you are trying to save lives.
Of course we are all doing the best we can, but smiling and shaking hands with mass murderers is indeed a dodgy and unpalatable public business.
Please think carefully about this, as England has made so many mistakes in the past (including about Tibet) it would be good karma now to get it right.
Kerry thank you for your active solidarity on this, the more people who email that organization and the office of Professor Martin Daunton the better
The Centre answered:
It is the ethics of the press which needs attention here. It is inaccurate reporting by the Sunday times based on a leak to the press by a disgruntled academic in another institution. Our Centre has NOT invited this delegation nor are we hosting their visit. A delegation of Chinese police officers has been granted visas to come to the UK on a 20 day visit (not hosted by us) to study how in the UK the police deal with respecting citizen`s rights.
Our Centre takes a legal approach to research and does cover human rights from a legal perspective, as well as anti-corruption and have won a prize for one of our legal publications by the US Government. We were due to give a seminar during the 20 day visit to this delegation, using a UK recently retired police officer. to instruct this delegation on UK best police practices and the UK Police and Criminal Evidence Act and its Codes governing behaviour. The delegation then is scheduled to have study sessions with a range of other UK organisations during their 20-day visit (which as stated above is not organised, hosted or arranged by our Centre).
It is a pity that, despite the ethics of the press having been a big issue in the UK recently, that they still persist in inaccurate sensationalism!
Our Centre`s true work can be seen on our website at http://www.ethicscentre.org. Our Centre is not a part of the University of Cambridge as our website demonstrates.
Centre for Business and Public Sector Ethics
Kerry thanks for sharing their reply, so it’s all a media distortion huh? Hmmmmm
Kerry just to let you know we have now advised the journalists at The Times who wrote the article.
Maura, thanks for revealing Chines’ real face and i hope every country will give voice to stop such a cruelty.