20-year-old philosophy student claims to be expelled from Australian university for ‘uncovering her ties to the Chinese Communist Party’
- A student from the University of Queensland will receive a disciplinary hearing this week
- The fourth-year student can be deported after speaking out against China
- Drew Pavlou led a series of demonstrations in support of Hong Kong last year
- He was critical of the university’s financial ties to the Communist Party
A fourth-year philosophy student at the University of Queensland is facing expulsion this week after speaking out against the Chinese Communist Party.
Drew Pavlou is an elected member of the university’s senate and is now facing 11 charges of ‘damaging the reputation’ of the institution.
The 20-year-old led a series of campus demonstrations last year in support of the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong.
He also posted on social media criticizing China’s authoritarian regime and denouncing the university’s close financial ties to the Communist Party.
However, the University of Queensland claims that the infringements are not intended to criticize China, but to position the statements as if they were on behalf of the university.
Mr Pavlou believes that he is being unfairly attacked.
University of Queensland student Drew Pavlou (pictured) is facing the threat of deportation this week after speaking out against the Chinese Communist Party
The fourth-year philosophy student led a series of on-campus demonstrations last year in support of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests
“I am threatened with this unprecedented move because of UQ’s particularly close relationship with the Chinese party state; UQ may have the closest relationship of any university to the Chinese government in the Anglosphere, ‘he wrote in an article Foreign policy.
In addition to funding and running a Confucius institute on campus, the Chinese government funds at least four accredited UQ courses that present a party-approved version of Chinese history to students, involving human rights violations in Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong and mainland China.
“In addition to these state-supported courses, the Chinese Consul General in Brisbane, Xu Jie, is an honorary professor at the university.”
Mr Pavlou recently took Mr Xu to court after being attacked by Chinese nationalists during a demonstration.
“ In July 2019, I led a peaceful sit-in on campus calling on me to sever ties with the Chinese state completely until the Tibetans were released, Uyghur prison camps were closed, and greater democracy was offered to Hong Kongers, ” he said. he.
“Masked pro-CCP weights violently attacked our rally, attacked me and choked other pro-Hong Kong students to the ground.”
After the ugly incident, Mr. Pavlou was mentioned in an article in the Chinese state media by Mr. Xu and charged with “anti-China.”
As a result, Mr. Pavlou claims that he was subsequently threatened with death, causing disturbing phone calls and letters.
The Chinese Consul General in Brisbane Xu Jie (left) is Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland
Mr. Pavlou was mentioned in a Chinese state media article by Mr. Xu (photo) and accused of “anti-China”
The University of Queensland said in a statement that it rejects the “groundless” claims and does not seek to prevent students from expressing their personal political views or attempting to limit their right to freedom of expression.
“The university is an active defender of freedom of expression – it has incorporated the principles of the French model code into its policy framework,” the statement said.
“Daily life at UQ shows our continued commitment to protecting and promoting it.”
The university says that any decision at the disciplinary hearing will be made on the basis of facts and evidence, and that the process provides a fair and confidential course of action.
The University of Queensland has about 10,000 Chinese students who bring in about $ 150 million in student money each year.
Mr Pavlou claims that he has been unfairly attacked by the university after speaking out against China’s authoritarian regime