20 Jun 2005

Singapore Unreasonably Bars a Taiwan Falun Gong Practitioner

By Dai Huiyu
The Epoch Times
Jun 17, 2005


TAIPEI - On June 10, 7:40 a.m., Nie Shuwen from Taiwan boarded an airplane bound for Singapore. Upon arrival, Nie was denied entry and forced to deport. At the same time, a box of books titled “Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party” that was being carried by her traveling companion got confiscated. On that same day, Nie boarded an Eva Airlines Flight BR226 back to Taiwan. Upon arrival at Jiang Kai Shek International Airport in Taiwan at 5:30 p.m., a press conference was immediately held. Nie said it was unacceptable for Singapore to violate human rights and called upon the Singapore government not to concede to pressure exerted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Nie stated that the reason for her trip to Singapore was to participate in an experience sharing conference for Falun Gong practitioners. Just as she was about to go through customs, an officer checked her passport and said, “We’ve already been notified by Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA). You do not meet the regulations so are not allowed entry.” The officer could not give a precise explanation as to which regulations were not met. Nie said that after continuous questioning, the officer then stated, “I’m not allowed to tell you the reason. I’m just following orders sent by the ICA.”

When Nie’s traveling companion questioned the officer if it was because of her practicing Falun Gong that the Singapore government would not grant her entry, this officer did not deny it at the time.

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