First taken away by police on 3 June 2016, Chen Huixia was strapped to an iron chair at an unofficial place of detention for more than 1 month before being relocated to Shijiazhuang Municipal No. 2 Detention Centre, in the north-eastern province of Hebei on 15 July 2016. Chen Huixia did not have a lawyer until November 2016, as many lawyers that her family approached refused to take up the case because they believed the authorities would not allow them to defend a Falun Gong practitioner.
1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:
Immediately and unconditionally release Chen Huixia, as she has been detained solely for exercising the right to freedom of belief and expression and, pending her release, ensure that she has prompt, regular and unrestricted access to her family and lawyers of her choice;
Ensure that Chen Huixia is tried in line with international fair trial standards, including to guarantee her rights to legal counsel pre-trial and adequate time and facilities to prepare a defence, by promptly informing her of the nature and cause of the charge against her;
Ensure that while detained, Chen Huixia is protected from torture or other ill-treatment, and that her treatment is in accordance with the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (the Nelson Mandela Rules).
Director of Shijiazhuang Municipal No. 2 Detention Centre
Shijiazhuang Shi Dier Kanshousuo Zhaoling Lu, Changan Qu,
Hebei Sheng, 050000
People’s Republic of China
Salutation: Dear Director
Ambassador Cui Tiankai
Embassy of the People's Republic of China
3505 International Place NW, Washington DC 20008
Fax: 1 202 495 2138
Phone: 1 202 495 2266
Email: [email protected]
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Salutation: Dear Ambassador
2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
Here's why it is so important to report your actions: we record the number and types of actions taken—letters, emails, calls and tweets—on each case and use that information in our advocacy. Either email [email protected] with “UA 216/16” in the subject line or click this link.