Falun Gong practitioner and chemistry teacher Chen Yan is facing a trial in April 2019 after she was detained for distributing Falun Gong materials on a street in Beijing. She has no access to her family members and her lawyer said the judge handling her case threatened to give her a heavier sentence if she does not admit to “using evil religious organizations to sabotage the implementation of state laws”.
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Procurator-General of Shijingshan District Procuratorate in Beijing
Jia No. 2, Guchengnanli
Shijingshan Qu, Beijing Shi 100043
People’s Republic of China
Ambassador Cui Tiankai
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
3505 International Place NW, Washington DC 20008
Phone: 202 495 2266 I Fax: 202 495 2138
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Ambassador
Dear Procurator-General Wang,
Chen Yan is facing a trial in April 2019 for the charge of “using evil religious organizations to sabotage the implementation of state laws”, under article 300 of China’s Criminal Law. She has spent five months in detention.
Chen Yan, a high school Chemistry teacher, was taken away by police officers on 3 December 2018 for distributing a new year calendar with Falun Gong materials to someone on the street in Shijingshan District in Beijing. Her home was raided, and her computers, mobile phones and Falun Gong materials were confiscated.
According to her daughter, in April 2019 Chen Yan’s lawyer said that the court personnel threatened to give a more severe if Chen Yan did not admit to the offence.
Although Chen Yan has been able to meet her lawyer in the detention centre, she has not been able to see her family at all since her detention. Chen Yan’s family, including her 88-year-old mother-in-law who was hospitalized after the shock of learning about her detention, is worried about Chen Yan’s situation in detention.
Therefore, I call on you to immediately and unconditionally release and drop charges against Chen Yan unless there is sufficient credible and admissible evidence that she has committed an internationally recognized offence and is granted a fair trial in line with international standards; ensure that Chen Yan is not subjected to any torture or other ill-treatment and has regular and unrestricted access to a lawyer of her choice and is able to communicate with family members, without interference unless justified in line with international human rights law.