In a surprising move there has been a legal initiative to prosecute former Chinese President Hu Jintao for genocide. The Tibet Sun reported on Oct. 11, 2013, "Spain probes former Chinese president over Tibet genocide."As part of an investigation into whether he carried out a genocide in Tibet in the 1980s and 1990s,
a Spanish court has agreed to hear a lawsuit against former Chinese president Hu Jintao.
The court has decided to hear the complaint against Hu after it accepted an appeal against a decision by Judge Ismael Moreno, who in June had rejected it. Ever since 2006, Moreno has been hearing a lawsuit for genocide directed against various former Chinese leaders over the repression which was carried out in Tibet in the 1980s and 1990s. This lawsuit, which was filed by the Tibet Support Committee, was directed against seven past Chinese leaders, including former president Jiang Zemin and former prime minister Li Peng.
The court has recalled that there are UN resolutions which recognize that “the Chinese authorities decided to carry out a series of combined actions to eliminate the special character and existence of the Tibetan country by imposing martial law, carrying out forced displacements, massive sterilisation campaigns, torture of dissidents”. Questions must now arise as to what legal power a Spanish court may have to act in such a case if guilt is decided, and what the response of China may be to all of this. It appears real wars have started over less contentious issues.