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Chinese dissident arrives in Los Angeles from Taiwan

2019/01/25 13:06:00

Photo courtesy of the Taiwan Association for China Human Rights

Taipei, Jan. 25 (CNA) Chinese dissident Huang Yan (黃燕), who has been granted refugee status by the United Nations, arrived in Los Angeles Friday noon (Taipei time), after departing Taiwan a day earlier, according to a human rights group.

Huang boarded a flight to Los Angeles late Thursday, after receiving assistance from the Taiwan government and the United States, confirmed Taiwan Association for China Human Rights (TACHR) secretary-general Chiu Ling-yao (邱齡瑤) Friday.

The human rights activist was scheduled to be met by Bob Fu (傅希秋), a Chinese American pastor and founder of China Aid, which provides legal aid to Christians in China, Chiu told CNA.

"It is truly not easy" for the U.S. government to accept Huang, but that thanks to the efforts of the Taiwan government she has been able to continue her journey to the United States, Chiu added.

Huang from Foshan, a prefecture-level city in central Guangdong Province, China, was a member of an advocacy group launched by Chinese human rights attorney Gao Zhisheng (高智晟). Over the past few years, she has been detained on several occasions because of her involvement in campaigns demanding freedom for lawyers arrested in China, including Gao.

In late 2016, Huang visited Hong Kong, from where she headed to Thailand for cancer treatment. Since then she has lived in self-imposed exile in Thailand and Indonesia.

On May 29, 2018, Huang arrived at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport with a flight ticket from Jakarta to Beijing via Taipei. Taking advantage of transit at the airport, she applied for refugee protection with the assistance of TACHR President Yang Hsien-hung (楊憲宏).

Huang was allowed to enter Taiwan the following day after the authorities granted her temporary protection, based on a determination she could face persecution if forced to return to China.

(By Miao Zong-han and Elizabeth Hsu)