The vice-chair of parliament’s human rights and minorities committee, Civic Conservative Party MP Ondrej Dostál (who sits as a member of the Most-Híd caucus), was forcibly ejected from a Chinese embassy function in Bratislava on Wednesday, September 28, after handing over a letter to Ambassador Gu Ziping calling for the release of Chinese lawyer Gao Zhisheng and other political prisoners. The reception, held at the Bôrik Hotel, was to mark the 62nd anniversary of the foundation of the People's Republic of China on Tuesday [September 27], the TASR newswire reported, citing Dostál.
Dostál also attempted to give the Chinese ambassador a book by Zhisheng entitled 'A China More Just' (2007). However, after finding out that the book was written by a person jailed by the Chinese authorities, Ambassador Ziping refused to accept the gift. Subsequently, the OKS MP was forced to leave the hotel by employees from the Slovak Office for the Protection of Public Officials.
Human rights attorney Gao Zhisheng repeatedly criticised the Chinese communist regime for its alleged human rights abuses and was jailed and reportedly tortured by the Chinese secret police. He disappeared in April 2010 and has not been seen or heard from since.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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29. Sep 2011 at 10:00