Lee shared Taiwan's "democratic experiences" with civil society groups in China. He was held in isolation by police for 170 days. His wife launches an international campaign for her release.
Beijing (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Lee Ming-cheh, a Taiwanese human rights activist, arrested in China, will soon be under trial. Lee Ching-yu told the media, explaining that she had received a phone call from a man who identified himself as "Lee's lawyer," confirming that the trial was "imminent."
Lee Ming-cheh, 42, is a member of an NGO working for democracy. Last March 19 he went missing on his way from Macau to China through Zhuhai. For over 170 days, China never wanted to say where he was and for a long time his wife thought he was missing.
Last April, Lee Ching-yu tried to enter China to find her husband, but the Chinese authorities revoked her permission to enter the country.
Ms. Lee has launched an international campaign for her husband’s release. Last May, she testified to the US Congress on detaining activists in China and this month she is preparing to go to Geneva to the UN Human Rights Commission.
In all probability her husband will be imprisoned for some time, or will be released after "confessing" his "crimes".
Lee Ming-cheh has often been in contact with civil society groups in China and has shared with them the "democratic experiences" in Taiwan online, sending them several books.
Many Chinese people in the People's Republic consider the democracy in Taiwan the true heir to the revolutionary movements of the early 1900s, which called for "science and democracy", betrayed by the Chinese Communist Party and Mao Zedong.
Trail underway in Yueyang (Hunan). Huge security measures. Lee maintained contact with civil society groups in China, sharing Taiwan's "democratic experiences" with them. His wife present at the trial.
Lee Ming-che, the husband of Lee Ching-yu, disappeared in police custody on 19 March. He is suspected of "harming national security" and is under investigation in China. Lee is an activist for human rights and was supposed to meet a Chinese writer. His wife asks Beijing to respect him: "Every activist is innocent."
He is accused of subversion for promoting democracy in social media. He was tried in September after he went missing in March as he entered China. Taiwan reacted angrily. Relations between Beijing and Taipei are increasingly difficult.
Peng Ming was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2005. In the past he had a brilliant managerial career. Later he wrote books on democracy and environmental protection against the violent industrialization in the country. He was convicted of "terrorism." Still no word on Christian lawyer Jiang Tianyong. Dissident Xie Yang beaten by prison officers. Lawyer Huang Qi and reporter Liu Fei detained by police.
Relatives and colleagues of the journalist condemned without proof for spying for Taiwan have indicted the unjust Chinese legal system that did not even take the arguments presented for the appeal into account.