The Chinese Embassy in Zimbabwe has released press statement denying the racism reports as just misunderstandings in the process of implementing epidemic prevention and control measures in relevant places in China, this is despite the video evidence going around social media.
Through the statement, the Chinese Embassy say, “China oppose all forms of discrimination in any part of the world against any goup of population, and ethnicity”.
”We have taken note of relevant reports. In response to the occasional incidents and misunderstanding in the process of implementing epidemic prevention and control measures in relevant places in China, we will communicate with relevant parties timely to promote the improvement of working methods and make sure well-intentioned policies are carried out to a good effect. We also expect all foreign nationals in China to fully comply with the local policies aimed at controlling the pandemic and support and cooperate with local authorities as they discharge their lawful duty,” the Embassy wrote.
Meanwhile Kenyans are angered by the eviction of Kenyans in China and demands that the Chinese nationals in Kenya should leave the country. On Thursday, a number of Kenyans living in China shared videos online saying they had been ordered out of their apartments after they were accused of spreading Coronavirus in the Asian country. A number of Africans were evicted from their apartments this week and circulars seen by the media advised Chinese nationals not to admit any Africans into some their premises.
The South African EFF lead by firebrand politician Mr. Julius Malema also condemned the inhumane treatment the Chines government is subjecting African Nationals to. The statement by EFF says, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms the abuse and racist mistreatment of Africans living and working in China, particularly at a time when we should be supporting one another to recover from the Coronavirus pandemic”.
The Zimbabwe’s biggest opposition party lead by Mr. Nelson Chamisa, MDC-Alliance released a statement that condemns the Chinese authorities for tolerating and promoting the abuse of Africans in China. FULL STATEMENT BELOW:
The Movement for Democratic Change Alliance (MDC-A) , while noting the role played by China in the refurbishment of Wilkins Hospital, a critical COVID-19 isolation centre in Harare, hereby calls upon the Chinese Government to take all measures as is required under international law to protect Africans in China who are facing discrimination, unwarranted evictions and all manner of ill treatment and abuse.
Africans are being evicted from their places of accommodation, banned from entering restaurants and other public facilities, threatened with deportations, arrests and revocation of visas despite not being infected with the pandemic, especially in the Guangdong Province of China.
Indeed, this targeting of Africans amounts to racism as it is not supported by any scientific logic and contradicts the fact that it was in Wuhan province of China where the pandemic originated. Such targeting also violates international law.
The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaims that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights without distinction of any kind including race, colour or national origin.
In addition, the International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination commits member states to the elimination of racial discrimination.
The Convention defines racial discrimination as any distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference based on race, color, descent or national or ethnic origin which has the purpose or effect of nullifying or impairing the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal footing, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural or any other field of public life.
The MDC-A therefore calls on the Chinese Government to protect Africans under its jurisdiction.
The fight against COVID-19 requires unity of all countries and races. It is therefore imperative for the world to rally everyone’s resolve in defeating this pandemic.
Gladys K. Hlatywayo, Secretary for International Relations, MDC Alliance