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