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Crimes against humanity

Posted by ampontan on Sunday, April 25, 2010

IT’S TIME to call a spade a spade.

Let’s accept for the sake of discussion the premise that the International Criminal Court should be allowed to have the authority to pass judgment on the behavior of nations.

The Rome Statute is the treaty that established the ICC. Article 7 defines “crimes against humanity”, and Item (g) includes the following:

(g) Rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, enforced sterilization, or any other form of sexual violence of comparable gravity;

The Explanatory Memorandum of the Rome Statute elaborates on the definition of crimes against humanity.

They are not isolated or sporadic events, but are part either of a government policy (although the perpetrators need not identify themselves with this policy) or of a wide practice of atrocities tolerated or condoned by a government or a de facto authority. However, murder, extermination, torture, rape, political, racial, or religious persecution and other inhumane acts reach the threshold of crimes against humanity only if they are part of a widespread or systematic practice.

Let’s call that an addition term and assign it the value of 2.

To the first addition term, let’s add another term and assign it the value of 2 as well:

Health authorities are planning to sterilise nearly 10,000 people in southern China over the next four days as part of a population control programme.

And:

Chinese newspaper reports say that those who refuse to be sterilised have seen their elderly mothers or fathers taken away and detained. Hundreds of people in Puning are said to have been locked up.

Specifically:

Huang Ruifeng is the father of three girls. “Several days ago, a village official called me and asked me or my wife to return for the surgery,” Huang told the local paper. “Otherwise they would take away my father.” He refused. His father was later rounded up and detained by the authorities.

Two plus two equals four, which is elementary and universal. If the ICC is to be accepted as a universal authority, it should be elementary that the sum of four in this case adds up to Chinese guilt of crimes against humanity.

The failure of certain types of activists and theorists to make Chinese behavior an international issue is not only prima facie evidence of their hypocrisy, their pursuit of soft targets also shows a craven opportunism. They can’t be expected to tackle the big issues and the most serious offenders when they’ve got an army that large, now can they? So if the activists and theorists won’t treat this behavior in the same way they treated the behavior of South Africans, for example, it means their primary motive is to indulge a taste for self-glorification.

By my definition, the behavior of the Chinese government is odious and the worst form of tyranny. By the definition of others, however–a definition they insist is universal–the behavior of the Chinese government is a crime against humanity.

So when are we going to hear those people say it?

No one expects either the activists or the theorists to actually do anything about it.

But the least they can do is call a spade a spade.

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8 Responses to “Crimes against humanity”

  1. mac said

    OK … it sound gruesome, and is not politically correct, but who is going to feed unlimited children? Where are the resources going to come from?

    This is a problem not just for China but humanity. We cannot keep breeding and expanding. Expansion leads to war and famine. Nature applies other balances to our species.

    If people will not stop, what can one do? You cannot even apply the wealth and education argument lowering population because along with wealth and education you get increase in desires, expectancy and consumption … which again are unsustainable.

    So what to do … bring back the monasteries … bring back tribal war to kill off all the weak and surplus males … start a celibate state cult religion? If you are going to criticise, offer an alternative.

    I am not defending the Chinese government but I am asking the question. I remember someone once arguing, “You feed 1.2 Billion people, and then see if you can criticise China”. I am suggesting that they are not acting like total despots and have perhaps have talked and argued the whole thing through. Perhaps they even laid down guidelines first which people then broken. That is the discussion process I would like to see and know about.

    Perhaps this are punitive actions responding to deliberate or uncontrolled contempts? I do not know but would like to.

  2. Robert said

    Actually, two and two don’t always make four; in hyperbolic space, two + two right angles don’t in general make a complete revolution of 360°…

  3. ampontan said

    You feed 1.2 Billion people, and then see if you can criticise China

    Governments don’t feed people. People feed themselves. The Chinese have had enough arable land and resources to feed themselves. The only reason the Chinese couldn’t feed themselves is that they didn’t have a governmental and social system that allowed them the means by which to feed themselves.

    The answer to this is obvious and always has been. If you need reminding, look at the two countries on the Korean Peninsula. Around 1950, they had an economic ranking similar to Egypt. Now one country can’t feed themselves, and women in the other go on diets.

    Anyone who says “you feed 1.2 billion people, then you criticize China” isn’t paying attention to what works and doesn’t work in the real world.

    They also are in the position of having to defend forced sterilization and the other unspeakable abuses of a regime they won’t criticize only because they have the luxury of living in a country with a system that allows its people to feed themselves. What’s this, “We have to brutalize you to save you”?

    What that ALWAYS turns into is “We have to brutalize YOU to save US.”

    As I said, if you need reminding, look at the Korean Peninsula.

    So we have a government implementing “a mass sterilization program over the next four days”. It sounds like some program for farmers to rid themselves of unwanted pests, or spraying for insects or mosquitoes.

    But then systems of the left always evolve into Animal Kingdom type of establishments, sooner rather than later.

  4. DD said

    Ah yes, the irony of this, when it comes to controlling the population — which, in turn, actually HELPS the world as a whole, as there would be less people who would eat, spend more energy, or to pollute! And especially now, when is a call to arms over reducing the use of energy and such – is it really a crime against HUMANITY, when they’re balancing the world?

    A difficult topic, indeed.

    On the other hand, the bit I like is the bit about governments tolerating certain things:
    “They are not isolated or sporadic events, but are part either of a government policy (although the perpetrators need not identify themselves with this policy) or of a wide practice of atrocities tolerated or condoned by a government or a de facto authority. ”

    So, shouldn’t they include PORN?

    Ah the hypocrisy.

  5. mac said

    > Governments don’t feed people. People feed themselves

    I am sorry … I had a longer semi-intelligent reply but do not have time to finished. That is a faith-based statement of idiotic proportion.

    Yes, perhaps, in remote sustainable, rural communities isolated and insulated from “The Market” … but even they have some rudimentary form of government control protecting against famines and gluts.

    Expand that to the current world stage and numerous farming crises appear from the lack of governmental controls, typically in both China and Japan where local farmers turn to cash crops to pander to fickle international markets which they fail leaving farmers with land that they cannot eat off, peasants displaced by multi-nations, famine management, the sustenance of modern, industrial megatropoles etc.

    At times your “big government bad” religion goes too far … and certainly would neither protect rural communities nor feed cities.

    Of course, the real problems start when agriculture is ruled by largely unaccountable multi-national corporations whose power and economies are greater than most developing nations which they are in the process of reshaping to their profit driven needs … and we are only at the start of that disaster.

  6. M-Bone said

    Don’t mess with Texas

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100430/ap_on_re_as/as_china_us_consular_official

  7. bender said

    Of course, the real problems start when agriculture is ruled by largely unaccountable multi-national corporations whose power and economies are greater than most developing nations which they are in the process of reshaping to their profit driven needs … and we are only at the start of that disaster.

    I can bet that the global land grab going on right now will come to an abrupt end. Why people can’t learn from history is just puzzling.

  8. Ecoutez said

    I don’t accept the premise that China’s problems are caused by the size of its population. It is hardly the most densly-populated country in the world – ranked #78 in density according to the UN. Japan is #36.

    What’s so special about China that they need this draconian policy? Most countries reach stable, replacement-rate growth levels when they are free and industrialized.

    Whether “people feed themselves” or not is beside the point. In China, people often can’t because their political system sucks. This is a bad government solution to a problem caused by bad government.

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