Hong Kong Marches for Democracy on July 1. One country, two systems? Hmmm! So far at least 100 Falun Gong practitioners have been sent back. A leaked document confirmed that they have been black-listed.
"We believe all individuals, regardless of their beliefs or affiliation, enjoy the right to legitimate travel and peaceful assembly," the US State Department said.
"We expect that Hong Kong would continue to uphold its high standards of personal and political freedom," it said. (more)
Taiwan Blasts HK for Barring Entry of Falun Gong Followers
Government Information Office Minister Shieh Jhy-wey lambasted Hong Kong immigration authorities as "absolutely wrong" for denying 12 Taiwanese Falun Gong adherents entry Monday in the run-up to the 10th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to Chinese rule.
The 12 Taiwanese citizens were repatriated after being denied entry to Hong Kong because their visits were "not conducive to the public good."
Shieh said Taiwan -- a democratic country whose people fully enjoy freedom of religion and freedom of speech -- feels it is a pity that Hong Kong denied entry to the 12 Taiwan citizens.
He said the entry denial reflects the fact that Hong Kong's human rights and democracy have regressed to a level much lower than that enjoyed by Hong Kongers 10 years before under British colonial rule.