Grace Meng, the wife of ex-Interpol Chief Meng Hongwei, has reportedly appointed lawyers to track down her husband. Meng was arrested by the Chinese police more than a month ago without giving any notice to the Interpol. Beijing has not revealed the location of where Meng is being held, how he is being treated, or whether proper legal representation has been given to the former chief.
Searching for her husband
Grace has hired UK-based Lindeborg Counsellors and the Parisian firm Marsigny Avocats to find her husband. While the Lindeborg Counsellors are experienced in offering counsel to those wishing to challenge red notices issued by Interpol, Marsigny is known to specialize in cases involving asset seizures and extradition procedures.
Grace has also been receiving threats from unknown parties ever since her husband was arrested. As such, the French authorities have put her and her children under police protection.
“Since my husband disappeared, people from all over the world have asked what they can do to help… Above all, I urge everyone to raise their voice in asking China to respect our family’s fundamental human rights. His disappearance could not be for anything other than political reasons,” Grace said to Reuters.
Chinese officials claim that they had offered Grace an opportunity to talk with Meng on the telephone, but that she had declined. Considering the possibility that such calls will likely be monitored by Chinese intelligence, it is understandable why Grace would have refused to take them up on the offer.
The necessity of keeping the Chinese under pressure
Several human rights organizations have asked the French authorities and Western governments to take strict actions against Beijing and not to let the Communist Party get away with literally abducting an Interpol chief.
“As an international organisation claiming on its homepage that its goal is ‘to enable police around the world to work together to make the world a safer place’, Interpol needs to press the Chinese authorities to guarantee due process and the rule of law in Meng’s case, and the safety of his family members who still do not have any information about his whereabouts and well-being,” according to South China Morning Post.
By pushing their politically-driven agenda over basic human rights, China is issuing a direct challenge to the law and order established by the democratic world. Beijing is literally saying to the international community that its brazen actions will continue.
“The Chinese Communist Party has a long history of international kidnaps… If we do not recognize and cut off the long and pernicious arm of the Chinese Communist Party as it reaches across the world, international due process and rule of law could be ruined beyond all recognition,” Liu Qing, a U.S.-based veteran rights campaigner, said to Radio Free Asia.
By tolerating China’s position and not taking any strict action against them, Interpol and the West will only embolden Beijing to continue with their disregard of basic human legal rights. Eventually, countries that support China might also start acting in such a brazen manner, putting global order and peace at risk.