The daughter of a Hong Kong bookseller who was believed to have been abducted in Thailand by Chinese agents has called on the international community to pressure Beijing over its carrying out of “illegal operations” overseas.
Angela Gui said that the detention of her father, Swedish national Gui Minhai, and several of his colleagues had undermined the “one country, two systems” principle, which supposedly guaranteed rights in Hong Kong after its handover from Britain in 1997.
The bookseller’s daughter was speaking to the Congressional-Executive Commission on China in Washington about a case that has sparked fears in the former British colony of growing interference from Beijing, Britain’s Daily Telegraph reported.
British national Lee Bo, a colleague of Gui at Causeway Bay Books, was believed to have been abducted in Hong Kong and taken to the mainland in late December.
Observers believed the publishers were targeted by Beijing over their distribution of gossipy books critical of China’s Communist rulers.
“It has now been eight months since my father and his colleagues were taken into custody,” Angela Gui, 22, said.
“I still haven’t been told where he is, how he is being treated, or what his legal status is – which is especially shocking in light of the fact that my father holds Swedish, and only Swedish, citizenship.
“By acting against my father and his colleagues, the Chinese are undermining their commitment to the ‘one country, two systems’ principle.”
Gui Minhai appeared on Chinese state television in January, sobbing as he confessed to turning himself in to mainland authorities over a fatal hit-and-run accident that he was involved in more than a decade ago.
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