Dissident ban 'a blow to faith'

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 24 April, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 24 April, 1999, 12:00am

Blocking the entry of 11 mainland dissidents this week was a breach of the 'one country, two systems' principle, a human rights activist said yesterday.

The Government had discriminated against the dissidents, including Wang Dan and Wei Jingsheng, who wanted to attend a conference next month on China's political future, the director of Human Rights Monitor, Law Yuk-kai, said.

The Government said it was not under any pressure from Beijing, which has cracked down on dissidents in the run-up to the 10th anniversary of the June 4 massacre.

Mr Law said it appeared to be a case of self-censorship.

'It will destroy the belief in and concept of 'one country, two systems' and no change for 50 years' which is provided for in our Basic Law,' he said.

Government Information Co-ordinator Stephen Lam Sui-lung has said all 'government decisions are being taken in the long-term interest of Hong Kong'.

'This further fuels speculation that political considerations have been taken into account,' Mr Law said.