Imprisoned Chinese Human Rights Defender Yang Maodong (better known by his pen name Guo Feixiong) ended his hunger strike on 18 August after being moved to another prison and promised humane treatment. He is a prisoner of conscience and should be released immediately and unconditionally.
Guo Feixiong ended his hunger strike on 18 August after being transferred to Yingde Prison in Guangdong province in southern China. Guo Feixiong’s brother, Yang Maoquan, visited him on 22 August in Yingde Prison. Guo Feixiong told his brother that he decided to start eating again after the prison authorities assigned him to another prison and told him that they would treat him humanely and with dignity, and would allow his family to send him books.
Guo Feixiong is currently in the prison hospital. According to his brother, Guo Feixiong was still very frail after staging a hunger strike for over a hundred days. Guo Feixiong told his brother that a medical check-up he received revealed that he had oral and gastrointestinal bleeding and spine problems. Guo Feixiong has had restricted mobility, occasionally having trouble standing up. He has also lost his ability to undertake any form of prison work. More recently, the authorities did not allow his sister to visit him at the prison hospital.
Amnesty International considers him a prisoner of conscience.
1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:
Calling on the authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Guo Feixiong, who is a prisoner of conscience;
Ensure that as long as Guo Feixiong remains in detention his treatment is in accordance with the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (the Nelson Mandela Rules) including the ability to receive visits from his family;
Ensure that he has access to a qualified health professional who can provide health care in compliance with medical ethics, including the principles of confidentiality, autonomy and informed consent.
Contact these 2 officials by October 10, 2016:
Fax: +86 07633165017
Salutation: Dear Director
Ambassador Cui Tiankai, Embassy of the People's Republic of China
3505 International Place NW, Washington DC 20008
Salutation: Dear Ambassador
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