After communications with the two national newspapers which exposed the participation of China’s Ministry of Public Security at a Seminar next month, reported to be held at Trinity Hall University Of Cambridge it now appears certain that the event has been arranged by the Centre for Business and Public Sector Ethics (CBPSE) Moreover we have been provided with a third source, one that corroborates those details and reports that academics who are planning to take part are being gagged on the issue of human rights. According to the Cambridge Student Online, a leading academic has refused to take part as a consequence of such restrictions, Professor Anthony Glees, Director of the Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies at the University of Buckingham, withdrew his planned involvement after being informed human rights abuses or cyber-espionage could not be mentioned at the Seminar.
“Glees said that he had originally informed the CBPSE of his intention to discuss the differences between intelligence services in liberal and authoritarian states. Dr. Rosamund Thomas, Director of the CBPSE, proceeded to tell Glees: “our approach is not to embarrass any government in the sense of criticising them during seminars.” (Emphasis Added)
“The people she was inviting… are the people who are responsible for internal spying and external spying, and that involves repression…”Would I have spoken to members of the KGB without saying I think it’s disgraceful that you lock people up in gulags? Of course I wouldn’t. We wouldn’t sweet-talk the Stasi – some people did. We shouldn’t be making the same mistake again.” SOURCE
Total respect to Professor Glees for acting with such integrity, let us hope that other academics involved with this event share the same moral backbone and withdraw their participation or have the fortitude and decency to raise human rights and issues of censorship with the delegation from China’s Ministry of Public Security.
The atmosphere of control and heightened sensitivity surrounding this conference has all the fingerprints of the British Foreign Office (UK equivalent of the State Department) which no doubt has made it known privately that topics sensitive to China’s regime should be kept off the agenda. Unless of course such crass censorship is solely the demands of Doctor Thomas and her colleagues at the Centre for Business and Public Sector Ethics?
Whatever the case this event is a breathtaking appeasement of China’s blood-soaked security enforcers and a shameful censorship of freedom of speech that betrays human rights in order to placate those who specialize in torture , oppression and the violent denial of basic human freedoms. Meanwhile it is being arranged and hosted by an organization dedicated to ethics, at a University venue which from now lacks any moral authority on issues of human rights, democratic freedoms and free speech!
We are asking friends and supporters to help us expose this event by expressing their concerns to:
Dr. Rosamund Thomas c/o Centre for Business and Public Sector Ethics email@example.com
Professor Martin Daunton Master Of Trinity Hall, University Of Cambridge firstname.lastname@example.org
Trinity Hall, University Of Cambridge email@example.com