Zheng Mingfang, Petitioner and Activist, Taken into Police Custody

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Zheng Mingfang, Petitioner and Activist, Taken into Police Custody

(Chinese Human Rights Defenders, October 21, 2007) – Zheng Mingfang (郑明芳), petitioner turned activist from Ji County, Tianjin, was taken away by the Ji County Public Security Bureau (PSB) on the evening of October 19. Ms. Zheng is now detained at the PSB Detention Center, but her family has not received any formal detention order.

Zheng was reportedly sleeping when policemen from the local PSB asked Zheng‘s husband to step out to have a “talk.” When he returned, Zheng had disappeared from their residence. The next day, with help from friends, the husband was able to locate Zheng – she had been taken into custody by local police.

Before Zheng‘s detention, she had reported to Citizen’s Rights and Livelihood Watch about the psychiatric detention of another petitioner from Tianjin, Li Shuchun ( <!–
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Zheng turned from a petitioner for her own rights to a human rights activist defending others’ rights after she suffered harassment and abuses because of her efforts to seek social justice. Local authorities became jealous of the computer business she started in 1988 and repeatedly demanded illegal “fees” from her. In 2004, having petitioned in Beijing, she joined Ye Guozhu, the Olympics prisoner, in requesting permission to organize the “Tiananmen 9.18 Ten-Thousand-People March.” The request was denied and she was imprisoned for two years for “illegally operating” her business. Her shop was demolished and parts of forty computers were confiscated by the authorities. While in prison, Zheng was allegedly mistreated and tortured. She was released in September 2006 and has continued her petitioning and human rights defending activities, for which she has been beaten and closely monitored by the government.

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