Tortured Chinese Dissident Granted Political Asylum by U.S. State Dept

CNS News | 2/1/2019 | Staff
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Dissident Huang Yan.

After years of imprisonment and struggles to find a place of refuge, Chinese dissident Huang Yan arrived in Los Angeles from Taiwan on January 25 after the United States granted her political asylum.

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"I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks and gratitude to everyone who helped me in Taiwan," Huang said in Los Angeles, as reported by Radio Free Asia.

"I am free now, but nearly [all Chinese refugees] in the U.S. are separated from their families," she said. "We didn't come here for the pursuit of happiness ... I actually would like to go back to China."

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Originally from Foshan, Guangdong Province, Huang Yan is an activist who gained visibility advocating for the release of arrested human rights lawyers. Her work made Huang a target for Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials.

In an interview with World Magazine, Huang revealed that she suffered two miscarriages as a result of beatings carried out by CCP agents. Most recently, she was detained in November 2015, for allegedly “deliberately disseminating terrorist information.” In December 2015, Huang was formally charged with “obstructing official duties.”

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According to human rights groups, she experienced serious abuse while in prison. In May 2016, Chinese Human Rights Defenders sent an appeal to the United Nations on behalf of Huang, accusing Chinese authorities of depriving her of adequate medical treatment for her diabetes and ovarian cancer.

The document claims that officers at Shunde District Detention Center, where she was imprisoned, confiscated her medication and prevented her from receiving surgery and chemotherapy for her cancer.

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Moreover, Chinese Human Rights Defenders charge that prison guards “refused to let [Huang] bathe and shackled and hit her” as a punishment for her shouting political slogans.

Prison conditions reportedly caused Huang’s health to deteriorate. An April 2016 medical examination showed that “her late-stage cancer had spread to other parts of...
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