According to a statement sent by the New Hong Kong Cultural Club, this makes Canada the “first country” to accept those who claim to be refugees because of their illegal protests.
This was first reported by the newspaper, Globe and Mail.
Many Hong Kong activists protesting against Beijing’s controversial security law have been granted asylum in Canada, according to a support group.
According to a statement sent by the New Hong Kong Cultural Club (NHKCC), this makes Canada the “first country” to accept those who claim to be refugees because of their illegal protests. This was first reported by the Globe and Mail daily.
NHKCC Canada also said that although 14 have been granted political refugee status, about 30 have acquired the status of the plaintiff, meaning their asylum cases will be heard by the Immigration and Refugee Board or IRB.
News of such shelters came even as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government faced criticism for allowing a visit by the husband and two children of a Huawei chief executive arrested in a house in Vancouver.
Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of a Chinese telecommunications company, was arrested in December 2018, prompting retaliation from Beijing for arresting two Canadians, including a former strategist, in what Trudeau described as “hostage negotiations.”
Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor live in exile in China but it now appears that Canada may have been allowed to reach out to them through a lawyer by accepting a visit by Meng’s husband Liu Xiaozong in October, followed by their children who joined in December last year.
Opposition MP Raquel Dancho said: “The Liberals have removed the red carpet and offered a special opportunity to travel so that the Huawei CFO family can be reunited during the holidays. This is an insult to the millions of Canadians who were told by the government not to visit their relatives.
Rob Oliphant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Foreign Minister, has admitted that he is outraged by the decision to grant special release to Meng’s family. “Do I understand the anger of the Canadian people? Really? ”He said during a debate on the CTV network, but added that this was a decision taken by officials from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
Although the decision could not have been made without the knowledge of the country’s top political leaders, due to the seriousness of the case, many media outlets said the Prime Minister declined to comment on whether Trudeau was aware of the grant to Meng’s family.