Taiwan President Breaks Silence On The Kidnapped Human Rights Activists

TAIPEI  Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen on Sunday called Chinese Communists to deal with Lee Ming-che human rights activists kidnapped and arrested by the regime in March of 2017, in “a civilized manner and to let him come home”.

This is first public statement of President Tsai directed to Chinese authorities regarding Lee Ming-che. Activists of human rights organizations expressed their concerns that China managed to contain Taiwan on this case. President  Tsai was criticised for what appeared to be an inaction of her administration.

Lee Ming-che was reported at first missing after flying from Taipei to Macau on March 19. He is being detained in China by a branch of the state security police. According to human rights organizations, Chinese officials pressured Lee’s wife – who was blocked from traveling to China to seek his release.

Lin Fei-fan, a former student leader who remains an influential political activist in Taiwan, based on his understanding of the interactions over Lee’s case between civil society groups and Taiwan officials, said the government has been “passive” in its response to his disappearance. It is understandable that the government may not want to “provoke” China, but “that is not a reason for doing nothing.”

“You have to show you are not willing to negotiate with someone who kidnaps your citizens,” Lin was quoted by The News Lens. “They have to stand strong. But right now we haven’t seen any positive action on this.”

Taiwan’s president offered also to help China transition to democracy, on the anniversary of China’s bloody crackdown on student-led pro-democracy protests in and around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

“For democracy: some are early, others are late, but we all get there in the end,” Tsai said, writing in Chinese on her Facebook page and tweeting some of her comments in English on Twitter on the 28th anniversary of the June 4, 1989, crackdown.

“Borrowing on Taiwan’s experience, I believe that China can shorten the pain of democratic reform,” Tsai said.

(Reuters, pht)

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