Scotland Is Our Refuge after China Turned Her Back on Us; You Yi and Mo Zhengfang Dream of Returning to Their Families with Their Young Daughter - but Unless They Renounce Their Beliefs, She Will Never See Her Homeland

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Scotland Is Our Refuge after China Turned Her Back on Us; You Yi and Mo Zhengfang Dream of Returning to Their Families with Their Young Daughter - but Unless They Renounce Their Beliefs, She Will Never See Her Homeland


Byline: GARY RALSTON

LITTLE Ming Hui You has a smile that radiates a warmth to counter the chill of the Dundee flat her parents have made their home.

She plays happily, her dark eyes shining with mischief as she whizzes around the sparsely- furnished room in her baby walker.

But Ming, who is 13 months old, is trapped in this country after being abandoned by China and denied rights to her nationality, her family and her heritage.

Her crime? Nothing but the fact her parents are among 70 million Chinese who believe in a non- political, non-religious spiritual movement called Falun Gong.

Ming's dad You Yi and her mother Mo Zhengfang would love to return to China, but they are forced to remain in exile under the shadow of torture if they ever return home and fail to renounce their beliefs.

Ming is lucky to be alive - her parents were detained in Beijing in December 1999 for trying to unfurl a banner in Tiananmen Square in protest at the ill- treatment of fellow supporters.

Mo, eight months pregnant at the time, was brutally beaten by Chinese police for practising Falun Gong while she was being held unlawfully in her hotel.

The treatment of Falun Gong followers has been criticised by the United Nations, Amnesty International and world governments.

This week, Mo will join dozens of other supporters outside the Chinese Embassy in London to protest at the ban on Falun Gong.

The treatment of Mo and You Yi is all too typical with, it's claimed, an estimated 50,000 Falun Gong followers currently in detention in China and 10,000 sent to labour camps without trial. It is estimated 150 have been tortured to death.

Their only child, Ming, was born in Swansea a month after their arrival here, but the Chinese Embassy, despite initially agreeing, have now refused to register her birth on her mother's passport, thus denying her identity documents.

She is not British because she holds the same immigration status as her parents, but she cannot leave this country unless China relents its hardline stance.

You Yi, 29, a waiter, said: "She has black hair, black eyes and yellow skin. …

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