[CHRB] Chen Kegui Sentenced in Apparent Retaliation Against Chen Guangcheng; Petitioner Killed Over Land Grab Conflict; and more (11/29-12/5, 2012)Comments Off on [CHRB] Chen Kegui Sentenced in Apparent Retaliation Against Chen Guangcheng; Petitioner Killed Over Land Grab Conflict; and more (11/29-12/5, 2012)
China Human Rights Briefing
November 29-December 5, 2012
- Chen Kegui Gets 39-Month Sentence in Retaliatory Act Against Chen Guangcheng
- Shanxi Villager Stabbed to Death After Petitioning Over Land Grab
- CHRD Makes UN Submission on Behalf of Ailing Dissident and Scholar Lü Jiaping
Chen Kegui Gets 39-Month Sentence in Retaliatory Act Against Chen Guangcheng
Chen Kegui (陈克贵), the nephew of activist Chen Guangcheng (陈光诚), has been sentenced to 39 months in prison in what is widely seen as further retaliation against his uncle, who fled house arrest in Shandong Province in late April. In brief closed proceedings on November 30, the Yinan County People’s Court convicted the 33-year-old Chen of “intentional injury,” a charge tied to an altercation that broke out when authorities invaded his family’s home after Chen Guangcheng’s escape. Chen Kegui’s family learned of the trial only hours before it began, and police prevented his father, Chen Guangfu (陈光福), from entering the courthouse. Held incommunicado for nearly seven months, the defendant has been denied access to counsel hired by the family and had a lawyer appointed for him. Chen Kegui reportedly stated during the trial that he would not appeal the sentence, spurring speculation that he is under intense pressure from authorities.
Shanxi Villager Stabbed to Death After Petitioning Over Land Grab
A Shanxi villager who had lost land to expropriation by local authorities was recently stabbed to death just hours after he turned down a real estate developer’s offer of money if he stopped petitioning. For the past five years, Qiao Baoshan (乔宝山) had unsuccessfully sought compensation over his loss of collective-owned land, and only in September Qiao had been beaten when he went to negotiate with the developer. On November 24, a message from the developer was conveyed to Qiao, offering payment if he ceased his petitioning; however, Qiao immediately refused and was stabbed him to death in his home four hours later. After police caught the suspect, but they did not contact Qiao’s family. Instead, the case was turned over to a district party discipline commission, which is apparently set to handle the case in cooperation with officials from a township party committee and a village committee. This turn of events not only places the case well outside the normal criminal justice process, but in effect hands over the fate of the Qiao’s suspected killer to those who may have been complicit in the murder.
CHRD Makes UN Submission on Behalf of Ailing Dissident and Scholar Lü Jiaping
On November 29, CHRD submitted allegations of human rights violations to Special Procedures of the United Nations Human Rights Council on behalf of Lü Jiaping (吕加平), a dissident and military scholar imprisoned for writing critically about the Chinese Communist Party. Dealing with several illnesses, the 72-year-old Lü is serving a 10-year prison sentence for “inciting subversion of state power” in Shaoyang City Prison in Hunan Province. Lü was taken into custody in September 2010 and then placed under “residential surveillance” in Beijing before being convicted in a closed court in May 2011. In its verdict, the court cited as “evidence” articles by Lü that were posted on foreign websites that allegedly “spread rumors” about and “slandered” CCP leadership. Lü reportedly suffered a heart attack in late 2011, has spat up blood while in prison, and has had great difficulty sleeping, standing and walking. Despite Lü’s advanced age and increasingly poor health, authorities have not even responded to requests by his family to release him on medical parole.
Edited by Victor Clemens and Ann Song
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