China lifts 10-year travel ban on feminist activist

China has lifted a 10 - year travel ban on a feminist activist who was jailed for more than a month in 2015 after organising a campaign against sexual harassment.
Wu Rongrong plans to fly to Hong Kong on Sunday to pursue a master ’ s degree in law in the semi-autonomous city, which has a separate legal system and border controls .
“ It was a very complicated process , but now I have my permits and passport back and I will be able to go anywhere , ” Wu told AFP on Thursday.
The 32 - year- old said she felt “ prepared to fight ” after receiving notice from security authorities that she would not be allowed to leave the mainland for a decade .
In recent weeks , she shared the police letters on her Twitter - like Weibo microblogging account , attracting international attention .
“ I don’ t know why they changed their minds , ” Wu told AFP .
The national Ministry of Public Security and public security bureaus in Wu ’ s home province of Shanxi did not answer calls from AFP on Thursday.
The social worker was taken into custody along with four other activists shortly before International Women ’ s Day in 2015 as they were preparing to hand out stickers about sexual harassment on public transport.
They spent over a month in jail after being accused of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble ”, but authorities did not pursue charges .
International rights groups described the arrest of the so - called Feminist Five as an important turning point in China ’ s burgeoning organised women ’ s rights movement .
China ’ s ruling Communist Party does not tolerate organised opposition and often clamps down on small activist organisations , with controls tightening since President Xi Jinping came to power in 2012.
Nonetheless the detention of the women — Wei Tingting , Wang Man Zheng Churan, Wu Rongrong and Li Tingting — was seen as unusually harsh given the small scale of their activities , and the previous positive coverage they received in state - run media .
AFP