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Human Rights Activist Is Refused Entry

April 16, 2002

Hong Kong denied entry to prominent human rights activist Harry Wu for "security reasons," a Hong Kong-based watchdog group said.

The Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy said that Wu, 65, a U.S. citizen, was detained at the Hong Kong airport late Sunday. He was held for 11 hours, then was put on a plane to Washington, where he had come from. State Department spokesman Philip T. Reeker said the U.S. was concerned by Wu's exclusion.

In 1995, Wu was arrested by Chinese authorities as he tried to sneak into the mainland to collect data on China's penal colonies. He was expelled after being sentenced to 15 years in jail. Wu had spent 19 years in Chinese prison camps.

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