Ten-year travel ban imposed on one of China’s ‘Feminist Five’


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Taiwan's Ministry of Health and Welfare's, Office of International Cooperation director, Hsu Ming-hui (R), talks during a news conference on how Taiwan would react if it is not invited to the World Health Assembly (WHA), in Taipei, Taiwan May 8, 2017. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Chinese gender equality activist Wu Rongrong 武嵘嵘, one of the five feminists who were arrested in 2015 for distributing anti-sexual-harassment materials in public, is bound to miss her first semester at the University of Hong Kong’s (HKU) law school because she is banned from leaving mainland China for 10 years, the South China Morning Post reports.

Granted admission to a full-time master’s program with a scholarship at HKU, Wu successfully obtained a visa from Hong Kong’s Immigration Department in July. However, two months later, Wu was handed an unexpected notice from the public security bureau of Luliang in Shanxi Province that her application for a new travel permit to Hong Kong had been denied, and that police had “clear facts, irrefutable evidence and proper basis” to reject her request because she was “barred from leaving China by law.” According to documents presented to Wu, she is denied permission to travel overseas for 10 years because she was involved in “other illegal cases yet to be handled.”

Wu said she decided to fight the decision and plans to file a lawsuit against the public security bureaus. A HK government source told SCMP that the Hong Kong’s immigration office could do nothing and only mainland authorities could give her permission to leave.