Chinese dissident duo stranded at Taiwan airport for 100 days

The pair, already granted refugee status, fled Thailand and have been stuck in Taiwan where there are no refugee laws

Asia Times
Date: January 21, 2019
By Asia Times Staff

Chinese dissidents Liu Xinglian (right) and Yan Kefen have been stranded at Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport for more than three months. Photo: Facebook

Chinese dissidents Liu Xinglian and Yan Kefen now find themselves in a unique legal limbo, as they have spent more than three months in a restricted transit area after touching down at Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport in late September.

Liu marked his 64th birthday last Wednesday, with no one but another mainlander who has also filed for asylum status with Taiwanese authorities.

Their case has parallels with that of Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, the Saudi teen who was given sanctuary in Canada, after she stirred up a social media storm to shame Thai authorities against forcibly returning her to a possibly dangerous fate in Arabia, warning that her family would kill her.

Liu and his friend Yan, 44, have applied for asylum in Canada and posted updates on social media from the airport about their plight and helplessness.    [FULL  STORY]

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