Miss World Canada says China trying to 'silence' her
Published Wednesday, November 18, 2015 9:00AM EST
Miss World Canada says she won't refrain from speaking about human rights abuses in China, despite potentially being denied entry into the country which is hosting the international pageant next month.
Anastasia Lin said she has yet to receive the documents needed to attend the competition ahead of the Friday deadline.
"What I'm experiencing right now is a foreign government trying to silence me through fear, through intimidating me, within our Canadian border," Lin told CTV's Canada AM on Wednesday.
Lin, a 25-year-old actress, immigrated to Canada when she was 13 years old.
She has spoken out about the treatment of followers of Falun Gong, a spiritual group outlawed in China. She suspects her advocacy against human rights abuses in her native country is why she hasn't received an invitation letter she needs to obtain a visa.
Lin said her father, who lives in China, has been threatened by authorities.
"(He was told) If I don't stop, my family will have consequences, like in the Cultural Revolution," she said. "He said if I don't stop, we will have to go our separate ways."
But Lin maintains that she has no intention of shying away from her beliefs.
"What I'm doing right now is embodying the Canadian value," she said. "I want to speak out for what I believe is right."