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Wife of detained Taiwanese activist barred from boarding flight to mainland China

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Li Ching-yu was supposed to travel to Beijing but was told at airport that her mainland travel document had been withdrawn
The wife of Taiwanese human rights activist Li Ming-che has been denied entry to the mainland to try and find her husband, who has been detained over activities related to “national security”. Li Ching-yu was supposed to take flight BR2762 on Taiwanese carrier EVA Air to Beijing at 1pm on Monday in the company of two officials from the Straits Exchange Foundation, a semi-official agency responsible for dealing with the mainland in the absence of formal diplomatic ties. But EVA ground staff told her at the airport in Taiwan that her travel document issued by mainland authorities had been invalidated, meaning she would be unable to board any flights going there. “The Chinese mainland claims it is a country abiding by the rule of law, but it has employed illegal means to take away my husband and detain him at unspecified location,” she said after learning that she could not board her flight. “Action like this is not only illegal but also unjust,” she said, adding that she would not give up her attempt to “rescue my husband”. Li Ming-che, 42, a rights activist and a former employee of Taiwan’s independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party, went missing on March 19 immediately after he entered Zhuhai from Macau. A friend who was supposed to meet Li at the customs checkpoint on the mainland side waited for four hours without seeing him, according to Li’s wife.

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