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Chinese authorities blackmail ecologists

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Friends of Nature, the first officially recognized environmental non-governmental organization in China, has expelled prominent Chinese writer Wang Lixiong. That was done under pressure of Chinese authorities who threatened to withdraw Friends of Nature’s registration if otherwise.

The environmental group, Friends of Nature, was formed and officially registered in China in 1994. Wang Lixiong was the group’s secretary and one of its founders. All China’s NGOs are required to renew their official registration yearly. At the beginning of this year registry officials warned a Friends of Nature’s representative that if this “dangerous person”, Wang Lixiong, retained his position, Friends of Nature would not be allowed to renew its registration.

Human Rights in China says Wang Lixiong is known for his recent campaigning in support of two Tibetans sentenced to death on charges of “terrorism” and “separatism”, to wit, Buddhist scholar Tenzin Delek Rinpoche and his follower Lobsang Dhondup. The latter was executed on January 26 of this year.

Wang Lixiong is the author of several novels, including Sky Burial, which is considered by Tibetans one of the most objective and realistic works on Tibet written by a Chinese. In 1999 Wang traveled to the Xinjiang Uigur Autonomous Region (XUAR) to gather information for his book about the situation there, but was detained by the public security bureau. He was only released due to a wide campaign in his defense.

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