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Confucius Institutes break human rights rules

Profs working in Canada “must have no record of Falun Gong”


 
confucius by IvanWalsh.com on Flickr

Photo courtesy of IvanWalsh.com on Flickr

A rule imposed by Confucius Institutes — an educational arm of the Chinese government that operates on at least eight Canadian campuses — breaks “all human rights codes in Canada,” human rights lawyer Clive Ansley told The Epoch Times.

The main CI website says that overseas volunteer Chinese teachers must have “no record of participation in Falun Gong,” a spiritual practice with roots in Buddhism and Taoism. China’s government vehemently opposes the practice and has arrested and killed many adherents, according to Amnesty International.

Barb Pollock, vice president of external relations at the University of Regina, told The Epoch Times that she did not know about the rule, but promised that her school’s agreements with China “have everything to do with academic freedom.” She also said that although teachers are selected by their Chinese partner, Hunan University, “what they teach [here] is our business.”

In June, the University of Manitoba rejected the idea of a Confucius Institute on campus. The University of British Columbia has also declined. But more than 320 exist worldwide, where they offer credit and non-credit courses in language and history.

China says that the funding of CIs—$150,000 initially and up to $200,000 per year after that— is meant to promote cultural understanding. But along with the money, schools have signed constitutions that say that “institute activities must … respect cultural customs, and shall not contravene concerning laws and regulations in Canada and China.”

Terry Russell, an Asian Studies professor at Manitoba, says that such rules compromise academic freedom, because academics are dissuaded from discussing Taiwan, Tibet, Falun Gong, or the Tiananmen Square massacre. That could result in an unrealistically positive view of China among the students who pass through the credit courses they offer in Canada, he says.


 

Confucius Institutes break human rights rules

  1. Confucius Institutes are just a shell for Chinese communist regime to spread their ideology and build the “soft power” as they call it around the globe. Be on your guard, Canada.

  2. “Terry Russell, an Asian Studies professor at Manitoba, says that such rules compromise academic freedom, because academics are dissuaded from discussing Taiwan, Tibet, Falun Gong, or the Tiananmen Square massacre. That could result in an unrealistically positive view of China among the students who pass through the credit courses they offer in Canada, he says.”

    Of course they compromise academic freedom. Why do people think the CIs were created in the first place?…to control what people in other countries think.

  3. kick the communists out of Canada!!

  4. The danger is great! Through the CI the CCP is trying to instill communist ideology and way of doing things to ‘pure’ Westerners’ intellectuals mind who don’t know what communism is in reality:

    For communist leaders,
    1/ a human life (many human lives) is nothing, only productivity is important.
    2/ the stronger will win,
    3/ No spirituality in a human shell etc.

    Results:
    1/ the struggle between social classes
    2/ the exploitation from one another, which benefits finally only to leaders
    3/ the deterioration of human morality
    4/ Humans will do harm to human because of lack/loss of morality.
    5/ Freedom to demon nature in humans.etc.

    The list is long

  5. Who quotes the Fa Long GONG as “a spiritual practice with roots in Buddhism and Taoism” That is the most ridiculous Western Media has taken on this group of Self-burning and suicide prone citizens that do not contribute to Chinese society nor to Canadian society by surviving only on welfare…

    Canadians are paying their hard earned money for the fa long gong group to suck this country dry.

    next time one of those fa long gong groups try to hand you a pamphlet in Chinatown, look the other away, because they are leeches.

    • How’s the weather in Beijing?

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