Taiwan president promises to help detained activist return from China

President Tsai says protecting safety of citizens is government duty

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/04/12
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Wednesday promised her

Lee Ming-che’s wife. (By Central News Agency)

government would help human rights activist Lee Ming-che (李明哲) return home safely from detention in China.

Wednesday was day 25 since Lee, a former worker for Tsai’s Democratic Progressive Party, disappeared after crossing from Macau into China’s Guangdong Province.

His relatives said he had been preparing for his mother-in-law to seek medical treatment in China, but the government in Beijing later claimed he had been detained on suspicion of involvement in “activities harmful to national security.”

Speaking at a meeting of the DPP leadership Wednesday, Tsai said her administration would work with Lee’s family to do its utmost to save him. “The government’s responsibility is to protect respect for the country and to protect the physical safety of citizens as well as their rights,” Tsai was quoted by a party spokesman as saying.

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