Whistleblower: China Conducts Police Surveillance in U.S. and Canada to Monitor Chinese Citizens

Chinese President Xi Jinping stands by national flags at the Schloss Bellevue presidential residency in Berlin on March 28, 2014. Chinese President Xi Jinping begins a landmark visit to fellow export powerhouse Germany Friday, the third leg of his European tour, expected to cement flourishing trade ties and focus on the Crimea crisis. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

A whistleblower report has indicated that China is conducting police operations in the U.S. and China to perform surveillance on Chinese citizens in those countries.

Safeguard Defenders, a human rights organization, has discovered these clandestine operations, three of which operate in Toronto and one in New York City, by the Chinese that make a mockery of national sovereignty in U.S. and Canada and put the civil liberties of those countries’ residents in severe jeopardy.

“These operations eschew official bilateral police and judicial cooperation and violate the international rule of law, and may violate the territorial integrity in third countries involved in setting up a parallel policing mechanism using illegal methods,” a report by Safeguard Defenders released earlier this month states.

In addition to the U.S. and Canada, Chinese has these policing posts throughout Europe in cities like Budapest, Prague, Madrid, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Paris, London and Athens as well.

The report by Safeguard Defenders is titled “110 Overseas: Chinese Transnational Policing Gone Wild,” which details the Chinese police agencies abroad that operate under the auspices of preventing “fraud” by its citizens living throughout the world by “carrying out policing operations on foreign soil.”

“As these operations continue to develop, and new mechanisms are set up, it is evident that countries governed by the standards set by universal human rights and the rule of law urgently need to investigate these practices to identify the (local) actors at work, mitigate the risks and effectively protect the growing number of those targeted,” the report states in its conclusion.

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