[CHRB] Lawyer Released Into Bail Awaiting Trial After Being Held for 15 Months; Villager Crushed to Death Over Property Dispute, and more (9/20-27, 2012)Comments Off on [CHRB] Lawyer Released Into Bail Awaiting Trial After Being Held for 15 Months; Villager Crushed to Death Over Property Dispute, and more (9/20-27, 2012)
China Human Rights Briefing
September 20-27, 2012
- Lawyer Yang Zaixin Released Into Bail After 15 Months in Detention Without Trial, Health Has Declined
Harassment of Activists
- Jiangxi Police Physically Abuse Activists Seeking Permits to Hold Rally
Forced Eviction & Demolition/Land Expropriation
- Hunan Man Crushed to Death by Construction Vehicle, Authorities Block News
- CHRD Makes Submission to UN on Behalf of Petitioners Forcibly Committed in Psychiatric Institutions
- CHRD Makes UN Submission on Behalf of Imprisoned Human Rights Lawyer Wang Yonghang
Lawyer Yang Zaixin Released Into Bail After 15 Months in Detention Without Trial, Health Has Declined
Guangxi human rights lawyer Yang Zaixin (杨在新) has been released into “bail awaiting trial” after being held on a charge of “suborning perjury” for more than 450 days, with his detention taking a serious toll on his health. Sent home on September 13 on bail terms that will last for one year, Yang has said that he has difficulty walking up stairs due to weakness in his legs, and that his emotional state has been deeply affected. Yang was initially detained in June of 2011, while serving on a legal defense team that submitted pre-trial evidence revealing that police had tortured defendants to extract confessions in a beating death case in Beihai City. In March 2012, Beihai authorities ordered Yang to be put under “residential surveillance” for six months instead of releasing him or approving his arrest, after already having sent his case back to police twice for further investigation. In violation of China’s Criminal Procedure Law, Yang did not serve “residential surveillance” at home, and his family members and others were blocked from visiting him during his lengthy detention.
Harassment of Activists
Jiangxi Police Physically Abuse Activists Seeking Permits to Hold Rally
Jiangxi police held and beat two activists after the pair tried to submit an application to hold a rally, with authorities likely acting in retaliation for the activists’ exposing online of plainclothes police participation in anti-Japan rallies on previous days. On September 19, Liu Ping (刘萍) and Wei Zhongping (魏忠平) were seized when they turned in an application to police in Xinyi City. Liu and Wei were then subjected to brutal abuse and illegal treatment for more than 11 hours, including having their personal data recorded as if they were criminal suspects. In Liu’s case, she was strip-searched, beaten, kicked, and verbally abused. In 2011, the activists were prevented from running as independent candidates in local People’s Congress elections.
Forced Eviction & Demolition/Land Expropriation
Hunan Man Crushed to Death by Construction Vehicle, Authorities Block News
A Hunan villager was crushed under a construction vehicle while desperately protesting a land seizure and home demolition project done to construct a highway, and officials moved aggressively to control the scene of the incident, placate the victim’s family, and intimidate local residents. The villager, He Zhihua (何志华), had petitioned authorities after learning that his property in Changsha City was slated for government takeover and finding the compensation offered unfair. On September 16, He angrily confronted an official at the project site and lay down on the ground to halt construction. But the official reportedly ordered the work to continue, and a road leveling machine moved forward and ran over him. Authorities moved quickly to try to pay off He’s family and also to prevent news of the incident from spreading by having cell phones confiscated at the scene. The next day, hundreds of security personnel surrounded the area, with some removing the victim’s remains and beating villagers who tried to interfere. (See video and images of the aftermath on CHRD’s website.)
CHRD Makes Submission to UN on Behalf of Petitioners Forcibly Committed in Psychiatric Institutions
CHRD submitted allegations of human rights violations on September 14 to Special Procedures of the United Nations Human Rights Council on behalf of seven petitioners who are believed to be currently held against their will in psychiatric institutions in China. Most of the individuals have also been forcibly medicated or subjected to other cruel and inhuman treatment. Without access to legal recourse, they have been detained for periods of months up to several years in retaliation for expressing grievances about local government misconduct. Explored in CHRD’s recent report, psychiatric commitment in China is fraught with ongoing concerns, as the National People’s Congress Standing Committee’s revised draft of its Mental Health Law still allows for detention based on psychosocial disabilities, and fails to provide adequate safeguards against the involuntary commitment of individuals who do not have any mental illness. CHRD’s submission was made just prior to the UN review of China’s compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
CHRD Makes UN Submission on Behalf of Imprisoned Human Rights Lawyer Wang Yonghang
On September 20, CHRD submitted allegations of human rights violations to Special Procedures of the United Nations Human Rights Council on behalf of Wang Yonghang (王永航), a former lawyer and outspoken advocate for Falun Gong practitioners. Wang is serving a seven-year prison sentence in Liaoning Province. Detained in July 2009, Wang was tried that October on a charge of “using a cult to undermine implementation of the law” and sentenced the next month. During his detention, Wang has been repeatedly subjected to violent, inhumane treatment, and since early 2012 his situation has grown even worse, as he has been tortured and his health has seriously declined. While Wang was held in pre-trial detention, neither his lawyer nor family members were allowed to meet him, with police claiming the case involved “state secrets.” “Evidence” against Wang cited in the court’s decision included his conducting interviews with overseas media and writing and posting online various documents about the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners.
Editors: Victor Clemens and Renee Xia
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