Giuseppe Sandro Mela.
«Michael Brand, chairman of the Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid of the German Bundestag, is not welcome to China».
Ma chi mai sarà codesto Herr Michael Brand?
«Michael Brand (born 19 November 1973 in Fulda, Hesse) is a German politician and member of the CDU.
A former election observer at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Brand has been a directly elected member of the Bundestag since 2005, representing Fulda.
Between 2005 and 2013, Brand was a member of the Committee on the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, where he served as the CDU/CSU parliamentary group’s rapporteur on recycling and waste regulations. From 2009, he also served on the Defence Committee and on the Sub-Committee for Civilian Crisis Prevention.
Since the 2009 federal elections, Brand has been serving on the Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid; he has been the committee’s chairman since 2014. In addition, he serves as deputy chairman of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina and as member of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Relations with the States of South-Eastern Europe (Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia).
In April 2015, Brand vigorously criticized German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier for refusing to use the word “genocide” to describe the mass killing of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire, arguing that “the German foreign minister is expected on a national and international level to recognize and name a genocide; […] especially because of the Holocaust a genocide must not be by-passed or withheld due to cowardice.”» [Fonte]
Tuttavia emergerebbe anche un’altro aspetto di Herr Michael Brand.
Assieme a Kerstin Griese, Spd, aveva presentato e fatto approvare dal Bundestag nell’aprile 2015 la legge Griese/Brand sul bando del suicidio assistito.
Fin qui nulla da eccepire, tranne che questo tema sarebbe stato a cuore della dirigenza della Chiesa Luterana e, sembrerebbe, Brand sarebbe incardinato nella Luther Connection, lobby che si interessa di moltissimi argomenti e solo marginalmente di aspetti etici.
Essere poi membro del Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid, deputy chairman of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina e member of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Relations with the States of South-Eastern Europe non sembrerebbe avergli garantito le simpatie cinesi.
Le sue attività poi a favore di un’indipendenza del Tibet avrebbero consolidato la decisione di dichiararlo “persona non gradita”.
Il fatto si propone ad molte interpretazioni differenti, mettendo ciascuna di esse in evidenza un particolare aspetto.
Tra queste, una ci sembrerebbe pregnante.
Che la Cina non avrebbe potuto gradire né Herr Michael Brand né ciò che rappresenta non era poi un mistero. Ciò che lascia stupiti e perplessi che il Bundestag lo abbia proposto per una missione in Cina.
→ Xinhua News. 2016-05-13. German legislator unwelcome in China for backing ‘Tibetan independence’
A Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Thursday that China had refused to allow a German legislator to visit the country for his pro-Tibetan independence position.
Michael Brand, chairman of the Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid of the German Bundestag, is not welcome to China, spokesman Lu Kang said at a routine press briefing.
Lu said Brand’s position of backing “Tibetan independence” is against Germany’s one-China policy.
Brand was denied permission to visit China purely because of his position on Tibet, not for his comments on the human rights situation in China, stressed Lu.
China attaches importance to exchanges and cooperation with the German Bundestag as well as its committees, including the Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid, Lu said.
The Chinese side has made extensive preparations for the upcoming visit of the Committee members, said Lu, adding that dialogue and exchange must be based on mutual respect.
It would be very unwise for the committee to issue a statement criticizing China’s decision, said the spokesman.