Chinese dissident, Lu Jinghua, linked with the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre was also barred to board the flight to India at JFK airport, even though she possessed a valid visa.
Germany-based Uyghur leader Dolkun Isa was not the only one to have been denied a visa by India.
According to Tibetan NGOs, atleast nine activists including a few Chinese dissidents were denied visas for travelling to India.
These include Hong Kong’s indigenous’ key figure Ray Wong and Hong Kong activist Alex Chow, who organised the pro- democracy Umbrella movement in 2014.
Amidst all the controversy, the much hyped conference, organised by US-based democracy group “Initiatives for China” along with Tibetan NGOs in McLeodganj, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh concluded Sunday. Based on a theme – Strengthening Our Alliance to Advance the Peoples’ Dream: Freedom, Justice, Equity and Peace”, the close-door meeting was attended by numerous Chinese dissidents from across the world .
Those who got the opportunity to participate in the three -day meet included Dr Yang Jianli, a 1989 Tiananmen Square activist, Dr Teng Biao, noted Chinese Human Rights lawyer, Ursula Gauthier, French journalist expelled from China last year and Miss world Canada Anastasia Lin. They were a few among the 45 dignitaries who attended the conference.
“We held a close-door meeting because our aim was not publicity but to share views among various eminent personalities who had been fighting for the cause of democracy across the globe”, said Dorjee Tseten, head of Asia chapter of Students of Free Tibet (SFT) and one of the co-organisers of the meeting.
Source : The Indian Express