Chinese Activist Surfaces in Taipei, Told He May Face Uphill Battle for Asylum

The News Lens
Date: 2017/04/17
By: ZiQing Low

The Chinese activist who fled a tour group last week may face a tough time to gain

Photo Credit:翻攝自 自由亞洲電台

asylum in Taiwan, a local NGO has warned.

The Chinese dissident seeking political asylum in Taiwan visited the Taiwan Association for Human Rights in Taipei this morning and was told he may need more evidence of the threat he faces in China.

Zhang Xiangzhong (張向忠), 48, went missing from a tour group in Taiwan on April 12 and has reportedly said he will seek political asylum in Taiwan. Zhang is a member of the “New Citizens Movement,” a Chinese civil rights group founded by civil rights activist Xu Zhiyong (許志永).

“I have told him that he needs to provide further evidence that he will face an immediate threat of arrest or torture should he return to China,” Taiwan Association for Human Rights association’s Secretary General Chiu E-ling (邱伊翎) told The News Lens. She went on to say that even then the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) might not process the case, as Taiwan does not have a refugee or political asylum law.
Chiu says so far Zhang has only provided documentation of his release from prison.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

I accept the Privacy Policy

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.