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US asks Hong Kong to maintain freedom after Falun Gong incident

Posted by Author on June 28, 2007

AFP, via Rawstory.com, June 27, 2007-

The United States on Wednesday called on Hong Kong to maintain political freedom after a top Taiwanese member of the Falun Gong sect was denied entry to the Chinese territory.

Theresa Chu, a lawyer, arrived in the territory on Sunday evening to protest in the run-up to the 10th anniversary of the former British territory Hong Kong’s return to Chinese rule but was refused entry and repatriated the next day.

Her visit was “not conducive to public good,” she was told by an immigration officer, said the Hong Kong Association of Falun Dafa, part of Falun Gong, which has been outlawed in China as a dangerous sect.

“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.

Kan Hung-cheung, a spokesman at Falun Dafa, had claimed that more than 100 Taiwanese members of Falun Gong have also been denied entry in Hong Kong for a series of protests planned in the run-up to the July 1 anniversary of the handover.

Falun Gong combines meditation with Buddhist-inspired teachings, but was declared an “evil cult” in mid-1999 by Beijing and practitioners have subsequently faced often brutal repression.

@AFP

original report from Rawstory.com

Related:
Taiwan Slams Hong Kong Human Rights Backward on Falun Gong Travel Ban, Radio Taiwan International, Taiwan, 06/27/2007
Blacklist: Hong Kong Turns Away 40 Taiwan Falun Gong Activists, San Diego Union Tribune, June 27, 2007

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