Clarity sought on banned activist

Local | 10 Aug 2018 6:37 pm

Lawmaker Au Nok-hin and the Demisisto party have called on the government to explain why it refused a Japanese political activist entry into Hong Kong, RTHK reports.

Kenichiro Wada, a councilor of Shiroi city in Chiba prefecture, said on his Facebook page that he arrived in Hong Kong as a tourist on Thursday night, only to be taken away by about 10 immigration officers. He said he was then issued a refusal notice, without being given any reason, and was put on a plane back to Japan several hours later.

Wada said it would be deeply regrettable if the Hong Kong government had mistakenly took him as an enemy based on untrue reports by pro-Beijing news outlets.

Several media outlets, including Wen Wei Po, Ta Kung Pao and Commercial Daily, had earlier called the Japanese politician an "anti-China rightist" and accused him of supporting Taiwan independence. Wada is a friend of Council Front lawmaker Au and had expressed support for his campaign.

Au said his friend's requests for an interpreter or to be allowed to contact the Consulate General were denied by immigration officials.

He added that it is extremely unreasonable for the government to bar Wada from coming to Hong Kong and said the incident would undermine the city's reputation and international image.

Pro-democracy group Demosisto also issued a statement, accusing the SAR government of violating the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the One Country, Two Systems principle by refusing entry to foreign politicians based on their political stance.

Both Au and Demosisto said the government needs to explain the rationale behind its decision and make public its list of banned foreign politicians.

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