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LEE CHING-YU TAKES CASE TO US GLOBAL HUMAN RIGHTS SUBCOMMITTEE|李明哲妻在美出席聽證 盼美方伸援手

Good Morning Taiwan
2017-05-20
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Lee Ming-che has been held by the Chinese government for 60 days. Taiwan has called on China to release him many times, but there has been no response. Lee's wife has decided to ask the US for help. On May 18, she appeared at a U.S. House of Representatives committee hearing to ask for assistance.


On May 18, Lee Ching-yu and three other women whose husbands are being held by China, appeared together at a U.S. House of Representatives global human rights subcommittee hearing. Lee said she had no choice but to ask the US for help.

==LEE CHING-YU Lee Ming-che's wife==
I think Lee's detention has had a chilling effect on Taiwan's NGO workers. I hope the United States will show serious concern for because in the future NGOs from any country are likely to face danger in China.

Congressman Chris Smith Chair of the sub-committee believes that US president Trump needs to show some strength to China. Smith requested that Trump and Vice President Pence meet with the women. Lee has now been held by China for 60 days and on what charges and for how much longer are both unclear. China has not notified Lee's relatives and neither the government's Mainland Affairs Council nor the private Straits Exchange Foundation have had any information. On May 19, domestic NGO groups invited representatives, both academics and politicians, to a meeting to show solidarity.

==CHENG HSIU-CHUAN Principal, Wenshan Community College==
We are still discussing if there should be some system to boycott Chinese brands

== CHIU YI-LING Sec-Gen., Taiwan Human Rights Assn.==
This isn't the first case, and won't be the last. So the Taiwan government needs to consider how to establish a response system so they can handle any other cases like this.

Human rights groups say this time Lee Ching-yu was more low key about her trip to the US, as China had put a lot of pressure on the three other women whose husbands were held and the subcommittee hearing almost did not go ahead. However, after negotiations it was held as scheduled. Lee now plans to ask for international assistance from Europe.

TRANSLATED BY:CLARE LEAR

李明哲遭中國政府關押已經60天!台灣方面,幾度向中國喊話救援,還是沒有音訊,李明哲的太太李凈瑜,決定赴美求助,在美東時間18號,出席美國國會聽證會,懇求美方幫忙救夫。


美東時間18號,民進黨前黨工李明哲妻子李凈瑜,和3位遭逮捕的中國維權律師妻子,一起出席聯邦眾議院外交委員會聽證會,李凈瑜說,她別無選擇才會到美國國會尋求協助,懇求美方幫忙營救她的丈夫。

==民進黨前黨工李明哲妻子 李凈瑜==
我認為李明哲事件 已經造成
台灣NGO工作者的寒蟬效應
我希望美國
可以嚴重的關切李明哲事件
因為這極可能是未來
全世界的NGO工作者
在進入中國之後
都有可能去面臨到的一個危險

會議主席史密斯認為,川普必須對北京當局採取強硬路線,委員會也將立即請求川普和副總統彭斯接見這些女士。而李明哲遭中國關押,至今已60天,李明哲到底犯了什麼罪,還要再關多久,中國政府沒有通知家屬,而台灣官方陸委會,或民間海基會,也沒有收到相關訊息!李凈瑜赴美尋求國際援助,國內人權團體也有動作,昨天晚上舉辦晚會,邀請NGO代表、學界,與政界人士與會.希望凝聚更多力量.

==文山社區大學校長 鄭秀娟==
我們其實是有在構思
就是說後續要針對中國的品牌
就是有一些抵制

==台灣人權促進會秘書長 邱伊翎==
這不會是第一個案例
也不是最後一個案件
所以台灣的政府必須要想
必須要建立起一個機制來去回應
未來如果還有類似的事件發生
到底我們的政府 要怎麼去處理

人權團體表示,這次李凈瑜訪赴美行程很低調,因為中國官方透過許多管道,對另外三位中國維權律師妻子施壓,導致聽證會差點破局,不過,各方努力協調終於順利召開,接下來李凈瑜計畫前往歐洲,尋求更多國際奧援.

記者 黃立偉 張國樑 台北報導