UK denies Chinese artist full business visa based on disputed ‘criminal’ history

(From The Guardian)

The dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has accused British authorities of turning their backs on human rights defenders after UK immigration officials rejected his application for a six-month business visa, claiming he had not declared a criminal conviction in his home country.

Ai Weiwei has accused British authorities of turning their backs on human rights defenders

Ai Weiwei has accused British authorities of turning their backs on human rights defenders

Ai spent 81 days in secret detention in 2011 after being seized by Chinese security agents during a crackdown on activists who Beijing feared were trying to launch a “jasmine revolution”.

He was subsequently ordered to pay a $2.4m fine for allegedly unpaid taxes although supporters said the penalty was a politically motivated punishment for the artist’s fierce criticism of the Communist party.
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  • ifigeniaa

    “Park” this hero in Equator Embassy along with Julian Assange, another victim of politically motivated punishment. As a matter of fact, true heroes to Humanity like Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, Snowden are those without liberty to travel.

  • Daniel Berg

    Ai Weiwei is not in same team as Manning,Assange,Snowden and or other whistleblower , Ai Weiwei loves western capitalism and is totally in tone with any New Conservatism and and New Liberalism,

  • ifigeniaa

    For me the greatest diference is that guy still has freedom to travel in China or anywhere. So, his heroic deeds for Humanity must be very little compare to those who loose their freedom for telling the TRUTH, just as i said about ” true heroes to Humanity… … are those without liberty to travel”