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Group asks Trump to declare China Communist Party a ‘transnational criminal organization’

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A coalition of civil rights activists, led by Christians, delivered a letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr this week asking the Department of Justice (DOJ) to declare the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) “a transnational criminal organization.”

“Designating the CCP a transnational criminal organization would qualify the crime outfit for legal, economic, and diplomatic penalties,” says a press release by the coalition.

Human rights workers have accused the CCP of a wide range of criminal activities — often staples of traditional mafias — including the manufacture and trafficking of illegal drugs in the U.S.; forced organ harvesting, generating an estimated $1 billion per year for members of the CCP; human trafficking for illegal immigration and the sex trade; credit card fraud and bank cybercrimes.

“The global reach and level of lethal organized criminal activity by the CCP is astonishing and demands its immediate designation and prosecution as a transnational criminal organization,” the letter to Barr says. “Nothing less leaves Americans vulnerable to a widespread campaign of lawlessness, intimidation, and piracy by the CCP which imperils our way of life.”

In addition, Christian groups have said the CCP is increasing persecution of religion in China including Muslims Uyghurs, Falun Gong and Christians.

A cybersecurity group in the U.S. accused the CCP of hacking into the Vatican this month in advance of talks between the Catholic Church and Beijing. Despite being protected under a 2018 agreement between the Vatican and the CCP, Catholics in China are suffering with others as religious freedom deteriorates in the communist country under CCP Chairman Xi Jinping.

“They have come to see the political potential of Christianity as a force for change,” Lian Xi, a professor at Duke University in North Carolina, who focuses on Christianity in modern China told the U.K.’s Guardian last year. “What really makes the government nervous is Christianity’s claim to universal rights and values.”

The CCP has also been accused of maintaining forced labor camps and so-called “re-education centers” in Xinjiang province where the CCP is worried that the Muslim minority is insufficiently loyal to the communist regime, in part because of ethnic differences between majority Han Chinese that control the CCP and the Muslim Uyghurs, who don’t control the CCP.

Fox News reports that executive order 13773, signed by President Trump in 2017, gives the federal government additional tools in fighting transnational criminal organizations.

The order directs federal agencies to “improve the coordination of Federal agencies’ efforts to identify, interdict, investigate, prosecute, and dismantle transnational criminal organizations and subsidiary organizations within and beyond the United States.”

You can see and sign the letter here.

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