Statement by the honourable Jim Munson on Mr. Lu Decheng

Immediate Release

OTTAWA – The Honourable Jim Munson, Senator (Ottawa – Rideau Canal) issued the following statement today upon hearing of the detention of Chinese dissident Mr. Lu Decheng inThailand:

“I was saddened to hear of Mr. Lu’s detention in Thailand this week.  I am appalled at the Thai government’s delay in releasing him to begin his new life in Canada,” said the former CTV journalist, who reported on the tragedy in Tiananmen Square in 1989.

Senator Munson continued: “Mr. Lu has paid whatever debt he owed to society and wants to come to Canada.  He should be allowed to do so.  It is my understanding that he has a Canadian visa, therefore I call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada to contact their counterparts and push for the speediest resolution of this unfortunate abuse of his human rights.”

Mr. Lu Decheng was detained by Chinese authorities after splashing red paint on a portrait of Chairman Mao in Tiananmen Square.  Mr. Lu was detained in a Chinese prison from 1989 until being recently paroled.  Upon his release, he obtained an immigration visa for Canada but after leaving China was detained by Thai officials.