09/07/2017, 12.24
TAIWAN-CHINA

Taiwanese activist Lee Ming-cheh arrested in China to be put on trial

Lee shared Taiwan's "democratic experiences" with civil society groups in China. He was held in isolation by police for 170 days. His wife launches an international campaign for her release.

Beijing (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Lee Ming-cheh, a Taiwanese human rights activist, arrested in China, will soon be under trial. Lee Ching-yu told the media, explaining that she had received a phone call from a man who identified himself as "Lee's lawyer," confirming that the trial was "imminent."

Lee Ming-cheh, 42, is a member of an NGO working for democracy. Last March 19 he went missing on his way from Macau to China through Zhuhai. For over 170 days, China never wanted to say where he was and for a long time his wife thought he was missing.

Last April, Lee Ching-yu tried to enter China to find her husband, but the Chinese authorities revoked her permission to enter the country.

Ms. Lee has launched an international campaign for her husband’s release. Last May, she testified to the US Congress on detaining activists in China and this month she is preparing to go to Geneva to the UN Human Rights Commission.

In all probability her husband will be imprisoned for some time, or will be released after "confessing" his "crimes".

Lee Ming-cheh has often been in contact with civil society groups in China and has shared with them the "democratic experiences" in Taiwan online, sending them several books.

Many Chinese people in the People's Republic consider the democracy in Taiwan the true heir to the revolutionary movements of the early 1900s, which called for "science and democracy", betrayed by the Chinese Communist Party and Mao Zedong.

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