China’s top anti-graft body has accused some countries of using human rights as an excuse for harbouring corrupt officials, in a post on its website on Sunday.

It accused “some people” in the international community of having a double standard and emphasising corruption cases as proof of “stains on the system,” while protecting corrupt officials.

These people “use law and human rights as excuses, objectively providing a haven for the corrupt and taking their ‘black money,’” said the post.

Wang Guoqiang, a former official who returned to China voluntarily last year after he fled to the US. Photo: The Central Discipline Commission.

It called for doing away with the double standard, saying “[corrupt fugitives] are criminals. Whether for China or the countries they are in, this is still unacceptable according to related international laws.”

The post urged some countries not to become a haven for fugitives, saying “some countries thought the corrupt were cards in their hands, but now they have become hot potatoes.”

No countries or names were mentioned in the post.

The post also said an understanding of international law was needed if China is to cooperate with other countries.

China has appealed to other countries for international cooperation in its efforts to track down fugitives overseas. Last year, 1,023 were returned to China by the “Sky Net” operation, according to state newswire Xinhua.

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Catherine Lai

Catherine is a Canadian journalist and photographer who lived in Beijing for almost two years, working in TV and online media. Aside from Hong Kong and mainland affairs, she is also interested in urban spaces, art and feminism. She holds a BA in Literature and Art History from the University of British Columbia.