Taiwan: Wanted, Hence Unwanted

This is what the secretary-general of Taiwan’s newly-appointed interior minister said yesterday: “For the national security of the country, we forbid Rebiya Kadeer to enter Taiwan.”

Hear, hear.

The minister of the interior himself, Jiang Yi-hua (江宜樺), suggested that Kadeer, head of the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) maintained close relations with the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, which is declared a terrorist group by the United States and the United Nations.

That’s what Beijing keeps claiming. And that in turn may be why the WUC secretary general, Dolkun Isa, is “wanted by Interpol”.

“Wanted” is the correct technical term. But the way either a KMT politician, or the China Post, used it today would suggest that Interpol itself actually wants something or someone – which is not the case. Interpol issues arrest warrants on any judiciary’s request, so long as it is the judiciary of an Interpol member state. And that has become a highly politicized instrument. Google “interpol arrest warrants”, and you will find a lot of people wanted, and a lot of lobbyists’ attempts to get their opponents wanted.

Besides, what was traded as an international arrest warrant against Dolkun Isa in the news recently was a “red notice” only months earlier. Maybe it still is.

Then the stuff about Kadeer’s links to terrorist organizations. Does Taipei base its assessment on evidence of its own? Or do they see terrorist links because they have taken orders from Beijing?

If Dolkun Isa was a Falun Gong staffer rather than the WUC’s secretary general, he might have been more lucky in South Korea this month. Interpol doesn’t get involved in cases of a political or religious nature.

But of course, Beijing tried to get Li Hongzhi wanted anyway. And whoever is (not) wanted, Rebiya Kadeer still wouldn’t get a visa for Taiwan.


Taiwan News, Editorial Abstracts:
“.. allowing her to visit Taiwan would be a provocative political movement that flies in the face of the country’s campaign to nurture the warming ties with Beijing…” (Apple Daily Taiwan)

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