08/07/2019

Urgent Action Update: Human Rights Defender Sentenced to 12 Years (China: UA 284.16)


Huang Qi, founder and director of Sichuan-based human rights website “64 Tianwang”, was sentenced on 29 July to 12 years imprisonment following a secret trial in January 2019. The severity of the sentence is believed to be intended as a warning to other activists to stop work documenting human rights violations. Huang Qi continues to suffer from serious health concerns and without access to a lawyer of his choice or his family; he is at real risk of torture or other ill-treatment.

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President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping
Zhongnanhai
Xichangan’jie
Xichengqu, Beijing Shi 100017
Fax: +86 10 6238 1025
Email: [email protected]
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 President Xi,

Huang Qi, founder and director of Sichuan-based human rights website “64 Tianwang”, was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for the charges of “intentionally leaking state secrets” and “providing state secrets to a foreign entity” by the Mianyang City Intermediate People’s Court on 29 July 2019. In addition to being held under tight surveillance, Huang Qi’s 86-year-old mother Pu Wenqing is still unable to meet him and was not even informed about the sentencing.

Huang Qi had been detained for over two years before he was secretly tried on 14 January 2019. He was formally arrested in December 2016. It is currently unclear whether Huang Qi has filed an appeal against his conviction and sentence, however it is of great concern to me that he does not have access to a lawyer of his choice or his family as it increases his risk of torture and other ill-treatment while in detention.

In addition, Huang Qi suffers from chronic kidney disease, hydrocephalus as well as other conditions affecting his heart and lungs. Without proper access to medical attention, I fear that he might die in custody due to his poor health and lack of appropriate and adequate treatment.

I call on you to release Huang Qi immediately and unconditionally unless there is sufficient credible and admissible evidence that he has committed an internationally recognized offense and is granted a fair trial in line with international standards; ensure that he has regular, unrestricted access to family and lawyers of his choice, and is not subjected to torture and other ill-treatment; allow him prompt, regular and unrestricted access to medical care on request or as necessary.

Yours sincerely,

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