Chinese Regime Denies Passports, Visas to Select Overseas Citizens

7 April, 2011 at 23:06 | Posted in China, Falun Dafa/Falun Gong, human rights, persecution | Leave a comment
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By Cheng Jing
Epoch Times Staff

Scores of Chinese who are studying and working abroad are unable to return to China, either to live or visit their families. They have had their passports canceled or an extension denied by Chinese consulates. Many are Falun Gong practitioners, others are political dissidents, and all are targeted for their activism.

This has created an international refugee situation. Chinese officials at various consulates around the world have refused to give a reason or legal basis for their actions.

Dr. Sun Lijie , a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the Biozentrum of the University of Basel, Switzerland, and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, applied for an extension of her passport on Oct. 19, 2007 at the Chinese Consulate General in New York. She was told she could pick up her passport in one week.

On the afternoon of Oct. 26, Dr. Sun received a call from the Consulate by a man identifying himself as Consul Zhou.

Consul Zhou asked if she had ever practiced Falun Gong.

“What does Falun Gong have to do with passport extensions?” Dr. Sun asked Zhou.

“There is a connection,” the Consul said.

Dr. Sun told him that she had practiced Falun Gong because it was good for her health, and that she was still practicing. She also said that being in the United States, she should have the freedom to do so.

Consul Zhou then said that her passport extension was not completed. There was a technical problem, and it needed to be sent to China, it might take two to three months.

More than a year later, Dr. Sun’s passport extension was still not approved. Repeated calls to the Consulate were fruitless. She was told there was no “Consul Zhou,” and her application was being reviewed–to please keep waiting.

Read more: Chinese Regime Denies Passports, Visas to Select Overseas Citizens | China | Epoch Times

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