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Thursday, June 28, 2007

US asks Hong Kong to maintain freedom after Falun Gong incident

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)

ET:... According to Chu, she has obtained a confidential document from a certain airline company, in which it is said that Falun Gong adherents are "unwelcome visitors" prior to July 1 and that the Hong Kong Immigration will provide a "blacklist" of Falun Gong adherents in Taiwan, who either would be refused entry to Hong Kong or should be refused by the airline company to board the plane. (more)

Taiwan Blasts HK for Barring Entry of Falun Gong Followers

TAIPEI, June 28 Asia Pulse - A government spokesman reviled Hong Kong authorities Wednesday for barring Taiwanese Falun Gong followers from entering Hong Kong even though they held valid travel documents.

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.

This latest incident should also remind the Taiwanese people that Beijing has been manipulating democracy and human rights in Hong Kong under the guise of the so-called "one country, two systems." (more)


Anonymous said...

The Falun Gong is based on the fanatical ideology of the Tai Ping Tien Guo cult which plunged China into a 20-year long civil war in the mid-1800s, killing 50 million Chinese in the process. The Taiwaneae splittists support Falun Gong because it has the potential to cause a new civil war in China, thereby enabling Taiwan to secede from China

MaKina said...

The Tai Ping Tien Guo was a violent communist rebellion - it couldn't be further away from the ideology of Falun Gong. Falun Gong practitioners do not believe in communism nor violence, but they believe in Truth, Compassion, and Tolerance. And if they would have chosen to defend themselves using force against the CCP persecution (of Falun Gong), the persecution would have ended a long time ago. But these people are spiritual and non-violent. Overseas practitioners strongly believe in rescuing their family members from further torturing and try to stop organ harvesting from live practitioners who have no voice in China. But I am confident that freedom and justice will prevail.