Wife to visit Taiwan human rights worker in China jail next week

China refused to allow visits for 4 months

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Lee Ching-yu (right) with U.S. Ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback during his Taiwan visit in March

Lee Ching-yu (right) with U.S. Ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback during his Taiwan visit in March (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – China has given the green light to Lee Ching-yu (李淨瑜) for a visit next week to her husband, Taiwanese human rights activist Lee Ming-che (李明哲), who is sitting out a five-year prison sentence for subversive activities in Hunan Province, reports said Saturday (April 20).

The Mainland Affairs Council has confirmed that the activist’s wife will be allowed to travel to China next Monday (April 22) for her first meeting with her husband in four months, the Liberty Times reported.

The refusal of the Chinese authorities to allow such a meeting over the past few meetings drew widespread international condemnation, with threats of action from the United States and Europe.

Lee Ming-che first disappeared after entering China in March 2017, with China waiting months before it confirmed he had been detained for his contacts with dissidents and human rights activists.

At what was widely regarded as a show trial in November that year, he was sentenced to five years in prison. There has been recurrent concern about the state of his health, especially since Lee Ching-yu has not been allowed to pay him regular visits.