An advocacy group has called on President Tsai Ing-wen to address the legislature regarding a Taiwanese NGO worker detained in China.
Taiwan Democracy Watch on Friday claimed the government had done nothing in the ongoing case of Lee Ming-che. Lee is a staff member at Wenshan Community College in Taipei and a former staffer for the Democratic Progressive Party. He was detained in mid-March after crossing into mainland China from Macao. His whereabouts and condition are unknown and Chinese authorities have ignored repeated requests for information through both official and semi-official channels.
Chinese authorities have only said that Lee has been detained for endangering national security, though the exact nature of the charges has not been disclosed. It is suspected that Lee may have fallen foul of a new law governing the activities of overseas NGOs in China.
Lee's wife, Lee Ching-yu, has also been unable to travel to Beijing to seek answers about her husband's case as Chinese authorities revoked her travel permit. The murky waters of the case have been further muddied by the involvement of a Taiwanese organization dubbed the Cross-strait Exchanges Services Center. The organization was apparently commissioned by the Chinese side to communicate with Lee Ching-yu about her husband's situation. The organization's head, Lee Chun-min, is reported to have told Mrs Lee to keep her head down and cooperate if she wanted her husband to be released. Taiwan Democracy Watch has called for the government to clarify the role of the organization and if its intermediary role has violated Taiwan's laws governing exchanges between people on either side of the Taiwan Strait.
Earlier in the week, President Tsai had said that the government is doing its utmost to secure Lee's release, ensure his safety and protect Taiwan's dignity.
Taiwan Democracy Watch also called on the government to explain its procedures for protecting Taiwanese citizens when their rights are infringed upon in China.
Source: Radio Taiwan International