Detained activist’s wife barred from going to China

Taipei--The wife of a Taiwan human rights activist detained in China was prevented Monday from traveling to that country in her stated attempt to "rescue" her husband.

Lee Ching-yu (???) was told that the airline company had been informed that her travel document issued by the Chinese authorities had been invalidated, which meant she would not be able to board any plane bound for China, a spokesperson of Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation said (SEF).

The foundation is a semi-official organization charged with the handling of Taiwan's relations with China in the absence of official ties. It has said that it would send someone to accompany Lee to China if she made the trip Monday.

Because of the lack of official relations, people from Taiwan who want to visit China cannot use a passport but have to hold a valid travel document issued by the Chinese authorities. A similar arrangement exists for Chinese who come to visit Taiwan.

Lee Ming-che (???), Lee Ching-yu's husband, has been detained after entering Zhuhai City via Macau on March 19. He used to work for Taiwan's pro-independence ruling Democratic Progressive Party and is now a staff member at Wenshan Community College in Taipei, as well as a volunteer at the local NGO Covenant Watch.

Chinese officials have said that Lee is being investigated over matters related to China's national security.

Lee Ching-yu has wanted to fly to Beijing in the hope of meeting Chinese officials to find out the whereabouts of her husband and the exact reasons for his detention.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel