Legislators condemn Chinese detention

RESOLUTION:The DPP and the NPP were at odds on whether to demand that the government hold an international news conference on Lee Ming-che’s detention

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 12, 2017
By: Alison Hsiao / Staff reporter

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the New Power Party (NPP) caucuses yesterday issued statements denouncing the Chinese government for detaining Taiwanese human rights advocate Lee Ming-che (李明哲) and refusing to disclose details about his detention.

Prior to a cross-caucus negotiation yesterday morning in an attempt to hash out a common statement endorsed by all four legislative caucuses, Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) said that China’s refusal to allow Lee’s family members to visit him “falls short of humanitarian standards.”

Insofar as the Chinese government has been touting the idea of the two countries “belonging to the same family,” it should at least inform Lee’s wife, Lee Ching-yu (李凈瑜), of his whereabouts and situation, Su said.

During the negotiation, the DPP and the NPP were at odds over the wording of a joint statement, with the NPP insisting that it include a demand that the government hold an international press conference to declare its stance on the issue.    [FULL  STORY]

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