China shuts out Canadian Miss World contestant for political reasons

Anastasia Lin, Miss World Canada

Anastasia Lin, Miss World Canada

China is apparently denying a Chinese-Canadian a chance to come to the Miss World contest tomorrow in Sanya, Hainan, because of her human rights activities.

Anastasia Lin,25, has not yet received a letter of invitation from Chinese immigrant authorities. Without it, she cannot obtain a visa for entry into China. Other contestants received their letters last month.

Lin is an outspoken critic of China’s human rights record, particularly regarding its prohibition of Falun Gong, a spiritual group that Beijing calls a religious cult.

Her father, who lives in Changsha, Hunan, has also been harassed by authorities, because of his daughter’s work. She and her mother emigrated to Canada 12 years ago.

Lin was crowned Miss World Canada in May. The pageant operators in Canada have refused to send a runner-up contestant to Sanya.

More details are at the BBC and Shanghaiist.

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