Australia passed the Magnitsky Act on Dec. 2, becoming the last country approving the legislation and setting the free nation’s circle free from the forces abusing human rights, Sound of Hope reported.
According to Professor Zhang Tianliang, the actions of the Magnitsky Act against human rights abuses are pretty severe.
For example, Chen Quanguo, a member of the Politburo of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the leader of the party system of Xinjiang Autonomous Region, violated human rights where most of the population is Uighurs. So he and his family were banned from entering the United States. All assets in the U.S. of Chen and his family were frozen; any members of his family in the U.S. would be deported.
Chinese officials are afraid of the U.S. ban as they often travel abroad. Their corrupt assets are mostly hidden abroad. In addition, they often send their children to study and live in developed countries such as the U.S. and Australia. It is common among Chinese officials to have mistresses or even second families abroad and constantly go abroad to visit.
Before Australia, Europe passed the Magnitsky Act in March 2021. Europe adopted this law to punish those who engage in human rights repression in Xinjiang. Not stopping there, the European Parliament also froze the China-EU Investment Agreement on May 20.
The United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Canada, have Magnitsky laws.
Among developed countries, only Japan has not passed this law, but this country is not a country of immigrants, so corrupt officials of the CCP gain little attention.
Professor Zhang believes that Australia’s approval of Magnitsky is like the last loophole to close the circle surrounding the CCP.
This will trouble the “Prince Party,” who are the second generation politicians such as Zeng Wei, son of former Vice President of China Zeng Qinghong. Zeng Wei currently has two citizenships, Australian and Chinese. If Zeng Qinghong or Zeng Wei is punished under the Magnitsky Act, their Australian citizenship will be canceled, their assets frozen, and their families will face deportation.
Senator James Paterson of the Liberal Party in Australia, a bill’s supporter, said that he was alone and with almost no support when he proposed the bill a few years ago. But now, he sees things differently. This Magnitsky Act has become a hot topic around the globe.
Professor Zhang believes that this is because the world has awakened awareness of the Chinese Communist Party after the outbreak of the Covid pandemic in 2020. At the same time, the CCP’s brutal repressive behavior on human rights in Hong Kong is a complete disregard for international law and a complete disregard for their previous promises, which infuriates the world.
Kurt Campbell, the coordinator of India-Taiwan affairs of the U.S. National Security Council, said that the CCP still respects strength and perseverance. If you really have a conscience and strong willpower, if you have power, the CCP will shrink back.