Wife of detained Taiwanese activist to depart for Beijing Monday

Taipei--The wife of detained Taiwanese human rights and pro-democracy advocate Lee Ming-che (???) is scheduled to depart for Beijing Monday to meet him in China, the Taiwan Association for Human Rights said Sunday.

Lee, a former Democratic Progressive Party worker and a staff member at Wenshan Community College in Taipei, has been detained by China for 22 days after entering the country via Macao on March 19. The Chinese authorities have not issued any official response to the matter, according to the association.

Lee's wife, Lee Ching-yu (???), is hoping to meet representatives from China's Taiwan Affairs Office and the semi-official Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) to hear an explanation for Lee's detention. She will be accompanied by staff from ARATS Taiwan counterpart -- the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), according to the association.

The SEF and ARATS are semi-official bodies set up by Taiwan and China to handle issues related to civilian exchanges in the absence of official ties.

Most importantly, Lee Ching-yu wants to personally meet her husband and ensure that he is safe, the association said.

Taiwanese non-government organizations will convene a press conference at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport upon Lee Ching-yu's departure to express support for her mission, according to the association.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel