But as soon as the plane landed, there was an announcement ordering all passengers to stay seated. Several public security officers boarded the plane and came to find me in my seat. I was escorted off, detained again, and finally told I was not allowed to board our plane to go home. We were forced on a flight to Seoul again. From the time in Geneva when they were caught spying on me while I was testifying at the United Nations; to the time at the Chinese embassy in London when they shoved me off the stairs; I have long known the pettiness of the Chinese Communist Party.
Behind the obvious disregard for human rights, such as the imprisonment of my father and the arbitrary detention of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, there is a lesser known cost to the callousness of the Chinese government. In my case, it was the panic from being walked off a plane and detained by Chinese police; it was the stress of managing re-directed routes with a young baby, and the financial burden of changing itineraries. More significant was the crushing disappointment from not being able to see my father after so much anticipation, and the thought that my daughter may never be able to meet her grandfather.
Still, I know I am fortunate.
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Most families of political prisoners become broken after long periods of detention. Divorce is ubiquitous, and so is poverty. In vulnerable situations, these families can be taken advantage of and become victims of abuse. And many of my allies who are also advocating for human rights in China suffer from depression and other mental health problems. One of the reasons this work is so painful is the fact that our adversary is a government that most countries want to woo. China is not just ruthless, but powerful. Our lobbying efforts are often met with government officials justifying a foreign affairs policy that puts profit over principles.
My heart is heavy when I think of the families of Mr. Kovrig and Mr. But if there is any good that can come from this, it is that the Canadian government can no longer excuse the actions of the Chinese Communist Party and overlook its victims. Finally, Canadians must collectively deal with the truth that the Chinese government is a vindictive regime that abuses human rights and disregards the rule of law.
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Ti-Anna Wang. Contributed to The Globe and Mail. Published February 19, Updated February 19, Comments Please log in to bookmark this story. With only doctors per , during those years, we were down among some or the poorest and least developed countries in the world, and far below most other countries in the OECD Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
At that time, Measured in tonnes of emissions, Canada's performance in can only be described as terrible.
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