India denies visa to Chinese dissident Lu Jinghua

| Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 16:21
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Chinese dissident Lu Jinghua

India denies visa to Chinese dissident Lu Jinghua

New Delhi: After denying visa to World Uyghur Congress leader Dolkun Isa, who had attend a World Uyghur Congress (WUC) meeting in Dharamsala from April 28-May 1, India on Thursday cancelled Lu Jinghua’s visa, another Chinese visitor to the conference and Tiananmen activist.  Lu Jinghua was stopped from boarding a flight to visit Dharamsala (adopted home of the Dalai Lama).
According to reports, Lu’s visa was cancelled when she was about to board an Air India flight from New York. However, she had earlier received an e-mail confirmation for an electronic visa.
"At the airport, the Air India staff told me simply that I couldn't board as my visa was cancelled...The staff did not tell me why, they kept me waiting at the counter for a long time and were having a heated conversation with each other in Hindi," Lu said.
Both Lu Jinghua and Dolkun Isa were scheduled to attend the meeting of dissidents and exiles in Himachal Pradesh in Dharamsala.
Earlier, Dolkun Isa, an Uyghur democracy activist, had voiced disappointment after the Indian Home Ministry cancelled his tourist visa saying it is not a valid travel document to attend a conference.
China had expressed unhappiness with Dolkun being given the visa with Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying saying, "What I want to point out is that Dolkun is a terrorist in red notice of the Interpol and Chinese police. Bringing him to justice is due obligation of relevant countries."

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