The President of Love Africans Organisation Dr. Martins Abhulimhen had recently met with the Former International Criminal Court (ICC) President, Professor Sang-Hyun Song to discuss about the abuse of Africans in China, submitting a petition to the UK House of Lords, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and all African Countries’ Ambassadors in the UK.
In a statement issued by the organisation, it was said that China’s racism has caused a diplomatic storm in the covid 19 pandemic.
“We call on the Chinese government to end the discriminatory treatment of Africans in China and demand the authorities should also protect Africans and people of African descent throughout China from discrimination in healthcare, employment, housing, and other entities, Abhulimhen said.
On April 12, 2020, the Chinese authorities in the southern city of Guangzhou, Guangdong province, which is recorded to have China’s largest African community, began a campaign to forcibly test Africans for the coronavirus, and ordered them to self-isolate or to quarantine in designated hotels. Landlords were said to have evicted African residents, forcing many to sleep on the street. Hotels, shops, and restaurants refused African customers. No other foreign groups have been subjected to similar treatment.
“Chinese authorities claim ‘zero tolerance’ for discrimination but what they are doing to Africans in Guangzhou is a textbook case of just that,” said Yaqiu Wang, Chinese researcher at Human Rights Watch adding, “Beijing should immediately investigate and hold accountable all officials and others responsible for the discriminatory treatment.”
According to Abhulimhen, Love Africans Organisation has investigated the reports of Chinese police, local officials harassment and treatment to our fellow Africans.
“Despite positive responses from African Ambassadors in the UK, we hope to take this to the UK House of Lords Parliament, All African Countries Ambassadors in the United Kingdom and the ICC to discuss this inhumane treatment of Africans in China. We talk the talk and walk the walk, so let us change the narrative of how Africans are treated in China or any part of the world, it is time to step up for our vulnerable brothers and sisters who are voiceless.
Love Africans Organization is a non-governmental organization registered in the UK, that is passionately involved in providing care and support to vulnerable Africans around the world and provide for them economic empowerment.