Detained Taiwan activist's wife visiting U.S. to solicit help

2017/05/14 21:17:23
(CNA file photo)

(CNA file photo)

Taipei, May 14 (CNA) The wife of a Taiwan human rights activist detained in China and representatives from an international non-governmental organization departed on Sunday for the United States to attend a House committee hearing, at the invitation of a senior member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has sent an invitation to Lee Ching-yu (李凈瑜), the wife of Lee Ming-che (李明哲), who has been detained for 57 days in China, Chiu Ling-yao (邱齡瑤), secretary-general of the Taiwan Association for China Human Rights and the spokesman for the NGO working for Lee's release said on Sunday.

In addition to the United States, Chiu said they will also seek support from the European Union and United Nations in their efforts to secure Lee's release.

Lee Ming-che was detained after entering Zhuhai City via Macau on March 19. He used to work for Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party and is currently a staff member at Wenshan Community College in Taipei, as well as a volunteer at the local NGO Covenant Watch.

While in the U.S., Lee's wife and the NGO group working for her husband's release will visit other NGO groups and seek help from the U.S. Congress, according to the group.

The NGO working group said in a statement that although Beijing has said Lee is being investigated on suspicion of pursing activities harmful to national security, it has provided no information about where he is being held, the terms of his detention, or an update on his health.

According to the group, Taiwan's government can do little to help with Lee's release because of the suspension of communications between Taiwan and China due to increasingly frosty relations since Taiwan's new government took office in May 2016. As a result, they have decided to turn to the international community for assistance.

The group stressed that they have received no financial assistance from the government for the trip and all expenses have been covered by themselves.

(By Evelyn Kao)
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