|ChinaAid President Bob Fu (center) with
Chen Yan (right). (Photo: ChinaAid)
(Utrecht, Netherlands—May 6, 2019) Dutch officials released a Christian Chinese rights activist today after she was held in an immigration detention center in the Netherlands for the past few weeks.
The activist, Chen Yan, fled China in 2017 due to persecution she and her friends suffered for their human rights stances. She settled in the Netherlands, where she has been seeking asylum.
Shortly after Chen protested the visit of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, the Dutch authorities placed her under immigration detention. Chen feared she would be sent back to China, where she would have been in danger due to her activism.
Concerned about her case, ChinaAid and several other organizations partnered to lobby for her freedom. Hours ago, ChinaAid’s President and Founder, Bob Fu, received word that she had been freed and is currently housed in a refugee center. Chen plans to continue her activism and advance her asylum case.
ChinaAid thanks its partners and supporters for their tireless efforts to help secure Chen’s release.