01/22/2019

Urgent Action Update: Human Rights Defender Tried In Secret (China: UA 284.16)


Huang Qi, founder and director of Sichuan-based human rights website “64 Tianwang”, was secretly tried at Mianyang City Intermediate People’s Court on 14 January 2019 after being held in detention for more than two years. No verdict has yet been announced but, if convicted, the maximum punishment could be up to life imprisonment. Pu Wenqing, his 85-year-old mother, was taken away by Sichuan police in December 2018 before being released on 21 January 2019 after more than a month in detention.

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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:

Huang Qi, founder and director of Sichuan-based human rights website “64 Tianwang”, was tried in secret by the Mianyang City Intermediate People’s Court on 14 January 2019. Detained for over two years before the trial, he was first formally arrested in December 2016 for “providing state secrets to a foreign entity” and then in October 2018 he was further charged with “leaking state secrets”. Diplomats from the US and British embassies reported that they were not allowed to attend the hearing.

Huang Qi suffers from chronic kidney disease, hydrocephalus as well as other conditions affecting his heart and lungs. There have been grave fears that he might die in custody due to his poor health and lack of appropriate and adequate treatment.

In addition to concerns about Huang Qi’s health and lack of access to a fair trial, I raise the urgent issue that Huang’s 85-year-old mother, Pu Wenqing, was taken away by Sichuan police in early December 2018 while travelling from Sichuan province to Beijing to seek help from diplomats for her son. According to sources, she was repeatedly threatened by the police during detention before being released on 21 January 2019.

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, and ensure that he has regular and unrestricted access to adequate medical care on request or as necessary, and end all harassment against Huang Qi’s family.

Yours sincerely,

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