Scottish politician @ChristinaSNP issues a jointly signed public appeal for the European Union to take action against the suppression of democracy and human rights in Catalunya.We totally support that statement and respect her and fellow signatories for issuing it.
However why is the party, of which she is a member, seemingly dedicated to national freedom so selective with its condemnation? Surely wherever a people are violently denied democratic freedoms and human rights it would be a reasonable expectation for the Scottish National Party (SNP) to express solidarity and oppose such oppression?
Unfortunately such principled consistency looks to be absent from Ms McKelvie’s party. As evidenced by its comparative silence on the plight of the Tibetan people, who since 1950 endured a genocidal assault upon their national and cultural identity.
Where then are the public declarations from the SNP supporting Tibet? Has Ms McKelvie or her colleagues released an official statement condemning the Chinese government for its brutal suppression of Tibetans and violently denying them the most basic of freedoms?
Being a member of a Scottish Parliamentary group on Tibet, which Ms McKelvie declared on Twitter as a defense against the charge of double-standards, is not the issue. What’s troubling is the selectivity applied by her party. Proud to issue bold statements of support for Catalunya, but silent on Tibet. Such a contradiction demanded to be exposed and challenged, especially when the likely reason for the hypocrisy is political sensitivity on the matter of 10 billion UK pounds of Chinese investments, and trade with Scotland.
We wonder, were the Spanish authorities investing the same amounts of cash into the Scottish economy if Ms McKelvie, the SNP and Scottish Parliamentarians would have publicly called upon Donald Tusk of the European Union to oppose the dark excesses of the Spanish authorities against the people of Catalunya?
Recently over in Scotland the political establishment ran elections, like politicians elsewhere, Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) were in full ‘vote for me’ mode. Yet the endorsement of a candidate surely requires a demonstration of integrity and commitment to ethical values. Right? Yet voters in Scotland are being exposed to the unsettling truth that their representative, though presenting themselves as dedicated to values of justice, freedom and equality, are consciously choosing to ignore a major human rights issue which is casting a shadow over an institution in the very heart of the Scottish capital, Edinburgh.
The Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh (RCSE) is a prestigious medical organization and a highly respected member of Scotland’s national establishment, it is also a body that honors Professor Huang Jiefu, an individual with close links to harrowing medical atrocities in China; the forced extraction of organs from prisoners of conscience, political prisoners and others.
This issue has been presented via our activism to each and every Scottish MSP, we have also contacted the office of Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish National Party, Scottish Labor and Liberal Democrats (Scotland) and the Church of Scotland. They have been asked to make clear their position and asked to support the growing calls to RCSE that it withdraw it’s fellowship to Huang Jiangfu.
Here’s the thing, not one MSP has responded to our communications, while a spokesperson for the First Minister offered only an evasive reply, the Church has chosen to remain silent. Scotland’s Labor and Liberal Democrat parties have also ignored appeals sent to them regarding this issue.
What do we draw from this reaction? Well it appears that the Scottish political and religious establishment is more concerned with protecting the reputation and status of Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh than standing against China’s human rights atrocities. Ethics are being relegated and callously ignored and Huang Jiefu, around whom so many disturbing questions swarm continues to receive the uncritical support of the RCSE.
No matter the solidarity of silence from Scotland’s politicians and its church every effort will be made to continue exposing and challenging Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh on this matter, Meanwhile for any Scottish readers if your prospective Parliamentary candidate comes knocking urge them to actively support those who are justly want Huang Jiefu’s association with the RCSE ended.