Miss World Canada prevented from reaching China pageant

26 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Miss World Canada ‘barred from entering China’ for pageant.

HONG KONG – Canada’s outspoken Miss World contestant said she was barred Thursday from entering China to take part in this year’s pageant in the southern island province of Hainan. Anastasia Lin, a 25-year-old Chinese-born actor who was crowned Miss World Canada in May, is an outspoken critic of Chinese religious policy and a follower of the meditative group Falun Gong, which is banned in China. She released a prepared statement on Thursday morning after she wasn’t allowed to board a plane from Hong Kong to Sanya, China, host city of the 2015 Miss World competition. “The Chinese government has barred me from the competition for political reasons.

Lin told a U.S. congressional hearing in July that tens of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners have been killed so their organs could be harvested and sold for transplants. The University of Toronto graduate has been vocal about Chinese political repression both before and following her ‘coronation’ in Vancouver in May.

The 25-year-old actress also plays an imprisoned Falun Gong practitioner in an upcoming Canadian movie, “The Bleeding Edge.” Lin said that after she won the Canadian title, Chinese security agents visited her father — who still lives in China — in an apparent attempt to intimidate her into silence. She has previously aired concerns that her rising public profile had seen her targeted for speaking out, and that the Chinese have sought to prevent her competing in the beauty pageant final, being held in Sanya city on Hainan island. When I was a child growing up in China, my job as a student council president involved enforcing ideological purity among my classmates, organizing them to watch Communist propaganda.

It was only after I moved to Canada that I discovered what it meant to think freely, to use my own mind, and to live without fear of arbitrary punishment or reprisal.” “I also learned about the severe persecution that people in China face for following these values. On the eve of her departure for the beauty contest China appeared to have declared Lin “persona non grata”, according to Canadian newspaper the Globe and Mail. While Canada’s newly elected government has renewed the country’s support for her efforts to raise awareness of human rights violations in China, it has said it was unable to assist her in getting a visa. As the Canadian representative to Miss World, I have every right to be there and take my place among the contestants and share my message.” In her Facebook post, Lin said barring her entry was not conduct befitting a “superpower”, especially one that hosts international competition such as Miss World and hoped to host the upcoming Winter Olympics. “Silencing beauty queens, censoring journalists and torturing [those with] religious beliefs is not a sign of strength – it is a sign of profound weakness and insecurity.”

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