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Two Taiwanese scholars denied Hong Kong visas

2017-12-16 HKT 22:10
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Frances Sit reports
The Federation of Students says two Taiwanese scholars, invited to a seminar it organised, have been denied entry to Hong Kong. Wu Rwei-ren and Wu Jieh-min focus on politics and are researchers at Academia Sinica in Taipei. Wu Rwei-ren has contributed articles on Hong Kong nationalism and is said to be a backer of self-determination.

The two political scholars were scheduled to join a panel discussion next Friday at a seminar on Hong Kong under colonial and Chinese rule. But they said Hong Kong authorities had rejected their online visa application without giving any reasons.

The Federation of Students strongly condemned the decision, saying the ban was political. It also called on the government to explain why the scholars had been barred.

This is the second time this month that Hong Kong has blocked the entry of Taiwanese involved in sensitive political topics or human rights. Writer and human rights activist Chang Tieh-chi was also turned away at Hong Kong International Airport. He had planned to take part in a cultural exchange conference.