I guess China is off my radar.

 No one in a  good state of mind at this time would not shudder at the thought of taking a trip to China and not worry about their bags being tampered with. I say this in relation to  fellow Briton, Akmal Shaikh, 53, a father-of-three from London, who was executed in China after being convicted of drug smuggling despite claims he was mentally ill.

Foreign Office Minister Ivan Lewis told the ambassador “China had failed in its basic human rights responsibilities.”

There are many questions which needs answers to:

1) Did China took into consideration his mental illness?

2) If they did so, when  and if not why ?

3) Would it be possible to hear anonymously from the persons who supplied him with the drugs?

The execution by lethal injection took place despite repeated calls from his family and the British government for leniency, citing his mental state, saying that he suffered from bipolar disorder.

 Prime Minister Gordon Brown said he was “appalled” at the execution, however China warned criticism of the case would harm UK-China relations.

Brothers Soohail and Nasir Shaikh, who travelled to China to visit their cousin in prison and make a last-minute plea for clemency, said they were “deeply saddened, stunned and disappointed” by the execution.

We in the UK  should really look at our  relationship with China and see how we can protect citizens overseas who falls foul of the law whether intentionally or unintentionally.

Now back to the original scenario I painted earlier, if in taking a trip to China and your  bags were tampered with what fate would behold you if someone planted drugs inside.  As PB who  posted on   my facebook today he said  “its possible, in the realm of probability …odds are not so great”

I guess China is off my Radar.

  1. #1 by Ronad Dexter on December 29, 2009 - 6:47 pm

    From you post I detect a disdain for Capital Punishment. While I share your sentiment I am unnerved by you hypothetical scenario. In the West ,we have become acustomed to “democracy”, protection of civil liberty and human rights.We often take it for granted that the rights afforded to us follows us where ever we go. In the East there is a stark contrast, we are faced with dictatorships and theocracies both of which are not reconcilabe with Western values. When a Western violates the law in one of these Eastern countries he or she is subject to the sanctions afforded under law of that country, which can be viewed as barbaric and inhumane at best.
    As Westerners we should be mindful of this, and remember that these countries are sovereign nations, that have a right to enforce their laws. Having said that I would be extremely cautious/ careful not to voilate the law in these countries, there is no gaurantee that my Government can afford me any protection, especially when there are no bilateral treaties. On that note, I would be careful in East/Southeast Asia, and most Muslim countires.
    Westerners have a responsibility to respect the laws of the host country and protect themselves, so regardless of your hypothetical scenario, I wouldn’t be eager to go to any of the abovementioned countries/areas.

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