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Li Xiaoling 李小玲
Crime: Picking quarrels and provoking trouble
Length of Punishment: N/A
Trial Date: N/A
Sentencing Date: N/A
Dates of Detention/Arrest: June 4, 2017 (detained); August 8, 2017 (criminally detained), September 12, 2017 (formally arrested)
Place of Incarceration: Zhuhai City No. 1 Detention Center (Guangdong Province)
Guangdong activist Li Xiaoling (李小玲) was formally arrested on September 12, 2017, on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble.” Police in Beijing initially took Li into custody in the early morning of June 4. The night before, she had uploaded photos to WeChat of her holding up a sign in Tiananmen Square while wearing a t-shirt memorializing the June Fourth massacre. Police initially detained her, along with several others connected to either Li or her advocacy activity, at the Xicheng District Detention Center. Li was reportedly subjected to ill-treatment in the center, including deprived treatment for eye pain, dizziness, and vomiting, and a lack of provision of food and daily necessities.
On July 5, police released her on “bail pending further investigation,” but instead of being freed, Li was handed over to Zhuhai City police, who forcibly brought her back to Zhuhai and held her in a guesthouse (an illegal detention facility, or “black jail”). On July 19, Li made a harrowing escape from the guesthouse and then went back to Beijing. However, on July 27, she was caught by police in the capital and again forcibly brought back to Zhuhai, where she was given a 10-day administrative detention for violating her bail conditions. On August 8, at the end of her punishment, authorities criminally detained Li and transferred her to Zhuhai No. 1 Detention Center.
Li’s lawyers, Lin Qilei (蔺其磊) and Ge Wenxiu (葛文秀), have been allowed occasional access to her. But on other occasions, authorities have obstructed meetings between them by taking Li in for interrogation and then sitting in silence. The detention center has granted Li two visits to hospitals to get examinations of her injured left eye but refused to let her see a specialist, as recommend by doctors. During a past detention, officers denied Li adequate medical treatment, which resulted in serious damage to her eye.
Born on July 7, 1962, Li Xiaoling, formerly a successful businesswoman, began her rights advocacy when she sought to expose judicial malfeasance that led to a 2011 death sentence for a man who had allegedly killed her 12-year-old son. In recent years, she has often advocated for the rights of others, particularly by joining campaigns to seek justice for persecuted petitioners and detained and imprisoned rights defenders.