Activist's wife turned away at border crossing

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 08 March, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 08 March, 1997, 12:00am

The wife of prominent human rights activist Liu Qing was turned away from the Shenzhen-Lowu border checkpoint when she attempted to enter China.

Han Xiaorong , who holds a Chinese Government-issued passport, said border officials did not explain to her why she was rejected last Wednesday.

She plans to raise the issue with the Xinhua (the New China News Agency) office in Hong Kong next week.

'This is not the way they should deal with things, without going through any legal proceedings, without any explanation,' she said.

Ms Han, 42, feared the authorities might be holding a blacklist.

'When I went to the counter, the officer keyed [my information] into the computer. Almost immediately, I was asked to go into another room. I believe the computer must have shown them something [stating] that a certain person should not be allowed in,' Ms Han said.

She said she was held for two hours while some officers made telephone calls, took pictures of her and asked her questions about her background like her job in New York.

They also took her to the Customs area to examine her luggage before telling her she could not enter the country. 'I asked them why, but they just told me they were only following orders,' Ms Han said.

'I wonder what I've done. The only things I could think of were that I attended June 4 vigils every year in New York and am a member of a group which raises money for the oppressed in China,' she said.

It was her first attempt to return to China since she joined her husband in New York five years ago.


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