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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Thursday, February 05, 2004

It Is a Fine Line They Walk!

TheStar.com - Chinese acrobats seek refugee status

Yes it is a fine line that the Chinese Government walk when they let their happy nationals out of the country on "cultural Exchange" programmes. It must be a real balancing act for them to decide whether to let them out or not in the first place given the recent happenings in Canada.

The above refers to a Canadian newspaper report that several "Chinese" Uygurs from an acrobatic and tight rope walking group on cultural exchange trip to Canada have left the straight and narrow and tumbled right into the arms of the Canadian Government seeking refugee status.

All poor attempts at puns aside the main point is that several Uygurs who were representing China have sort political asylum in Canada and that must say something.

I do not recall too many people from Australia, the US or other "free countries" having to seek political asylum to prevent them from being returned to the bosom of the homeland where they are happy and contented. These performers to boot would have been receiving preferential treatment in China because of their positions so, if they did not like it, than what must it be like for the average Uygur in Xinjiang.

I trust that the Canadian officials recognise that they are true political refugees and that if they were, for whatever reason deported back to China, that there fate would be at least a long jail term if not worse.

A few less lives for the PRC to juggle with.