Hong Kongers seek political asylum

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES? Hong Kongers seeking to extend their stay in Taiwan have encountered hurdles, while inquiries about residency have been increasing

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 20, 2019
By: Chung Li-hua  /  Staff reporter, with CNA and Bloomberg

Taiwan would handle the issue of Hong Kong residents arriving in the nation to seek political asylum

President Tsai Ing-wen, center, accompanied by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Lo Chih-cheng, left, and DPP Legislator Kuan Bi-ling speaks to reporters during her visit to Saint Lucia on Thursday.
Photo: CNA

“appropriately based on humanitarian considerations,” President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said.

Tsai, who is on a state visit to Taiwan’s Caribbean allies, made the remark when asked about a report by Radio Free Asia on Thursday that about 10 Hong Kong protesters have arrived in Taiwan to seek political asylum since the storming of the Hong Kong Legislative Council building on July 1 following a series of demonstrations against a bill that would allow people to be extradited to China.

The individuals have been given shelter by non-governmental organizations, the report said.

A Taiwanese lawyer who helps Hong Kong residents come to Taiwan told the broadcaster that they have encountered technical difficulties when seeking to extend their stay in the nation.

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