European Parliament urges China to release Taiwanese activist

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/07/06
By: Elaine Hou and Tang Pei-chun

Brussels, July 6 (CNA) The European Parliament passed a resolution on Thursday calling for China

Liu Xiaobo (left) and Lee Ming-che (CNA file photo)

to release Lee Ming-che (李明哲), a Taiwanese human rights and pro-democracy advocate who has been detained in China for more than three months for alleged “subversion of state power.”

In a plenary session, members of the European Parliament discussed the cases of Lee and 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo (劉曉波) and passed the resolution calling for the Chinese government to release the two human rights activists, according to the statement released by the parliament.

Lee, a former Democratic Progressive Party worker, staff member at Wenshan Community College in Taipei and a volunteer at the local NGO Covenants Watch, was detained by China after entering Zhuhai City via Macau on March 19.

Meanwhile, the European Parliament called on Beijing to immediately release Liu and his wife from house arrest and allow him to seek medical treatment wherever he wishes, the statement said.


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