Treatment of a Chinese citizen returning after a lengthy, but legal absence from the People's Republic of China [CHN2319]

No information is available at the present time regarding the possible ill-treatment of a Chinese citizen who returns to the country after a lengthy, but legal absence.

However, in a response dated 1 May 1989 to a series of questions regarding exit and return to the PRC, the Refugee Coordinator of the Canadian (English) branch of Amnesty International stated that

The treatment meted out to people returned to China after an unsuccessful attempt to claim asylum abroad depends on their personal background, police record, their connections and the circumstances in which they left the country and claimed asylum abroad, as well as to some extent their willingness to admit they did something wrong. It may vary from a few months' "supervision" or detention to long terms of imprisonment (or even the death penalty if they are accused of passing on secret information to foreigners). Though criminal prosecution does not always happen, all are potentially liable to be charged under the Criminal Law. . .