September 5, 2017

Urgent Action: Poet Detained After Commemorating Liu Xiaobo (China: UA 201.17)


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Poet Wu Mingliang, better known as “Langzi” (literally “Wanderer”), has been criminally detained on suspicion of “illegal business operations”. Previously held for questioning after co-signing a letter in support of Liu Xiaobo, Amnesty International believes he is being targeted for helping publish an anthology of poems commemorating the late Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. Authorities have 37 days to decide whether to lay formal charges.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Release Wu Mingliang and Peng Heping unconditionally and immediately unless there is sufficient credible and admissible evidence that they have committed an internationally recognized offence and are granted a fair trial in line with international standards;
  • Ensure that they are protected from torture and other ill-treatment, and that they are allowed prompt and regular access to their family, a lawyer of their choice and adequate medical care;
  • End the use of politically motivated criminal charges against writers, journalists and human rights, trade union and other civil society activists, in an attempt to harass, intimidate and punish them.

Contact these two officials by 17 October, 2017:

Director
Haizhu District Detention Centre
No. 655 Nanzhoulu
Haizhuqu, Guangzhou Shi
Guangdong Sheng,
People’s Republic of China
Tel: +86 20 8417 6963 (Chinese only)
Salutation: Dear Director

Ambassador Cui Tiankai Embassy of The People’s Republic of China
3505 International Place, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
Tel: (202) 495-2266
Fax: (202)495-2138
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

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