I hadn’t planned to update this space until tomorrow, but this piece at Time’s China blog got me writing early. Yuan Weijing, the wife of jailed blind activist Chen Guangcheng, who is jail for four years for protesting the application of China’s one-child policy in his village in Shangdong province was “detained” yesterday at the Beijing airport as she was trying to fly to the Phillipines to receive a human rights award on behalf of her husband. According to Simon Elegent of Time’s Beijing Bureau she had a valid passport and visa.
I’ve never really trusted the application of human rights laws by officials in China, but
kidnapping detaining somebody at a customs checkpoint takes away whatever faith I have left.
Very disturbing thoughts for the weekend.