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URGENT ACTION

Further information on UA: 117/11 Index: ASA 17/011/2012 China Date: 22 May 2012

URGENT ACTION CHINESE HOUSING ACTIVISTS SENTENCED On 10 April, housing rights activist and former lawyer Ni Yulan was given a two year and eight-month sentence for “picking quarrels and making trouble” and “fraud”. Her husband, Dong Jiqin, was sentenced for two years for “picking quarrels and making trouble”. Amnesty International continues to call for their immediate release. Police detained Ni Yulan and Dong Jiqin on 7 April 2011 on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”. They were formally arrested on the same charge (Criminal Law article 293) on 17 May 2011. The charge of “fraud” was later added in the case of Ni Yulan. Amnesty International believes that the couple were targeted by the authorities because of Ni Yulan’s peaceful human rights and legal aid activities. The couple’s trial took place on 29 December 2011 at Beijing’s Xicheng District People’s Court and did not meet international fair trial standards.

Ni Yulan suffers from respiratory, heart and digestive problems, and cannot walk, due to previous police torture. Prior to her detention in April 2011, her health had been improving as she was receiving regular medical treatment and she was able to walk with crutches.

Please write immediately in Chinese or your own language: ν Calling on the authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Ni Yulan and Dong Jiqin; ν Urge them to guarantee that the couple are not tortured or otherwise ill-treated while in detention; ν Call on them to ensure the couple have access to their families and any medical care that they may require; ν Urge the authorities to stop the harassment, intimidation, arbitrary detention, torture and other ill-treatment and imprisonment of human rights lawyers and legal activists peacefully carrying out their work.

PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 3 JULY 2012 TO: Director of the Beijing Public Security Bureau Fu Zhenghua Juzhang Beijingshi Gong'anju 9 Dongdajie, Qianmen Dongchengqu, Beijingshi 100740 People's Republic of China Fax: +86 10 6524 2927 Salutation: Dear Director

Minister of Justice of the People's Republic of China WU Aiying Buzhang Sifabu 10 Chaoyangmen Nandajie Chaoyangqu, Beijingshi 100020 People's Republic of China Salutation: Dear Minister

Premier WEN Jiabao Guojia Zongli The State Council General Office 2 Fuyoujie, Xichengqu, Beijingshi 100017, People's Republic of China Fax: +86 10 6596 1109 (c/o Ministry of Foreign Affairs) Salutation: Your Excellency

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. Please insert local diplomatic addresses below: Name Address 1 Address 2 Address 3 Fax Fax number Email Email address Salutation Salutation

Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date. This is the second update of UA 117/11. Further information: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/ASA17/020/2011/en and http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/ASA17/035/2011/en

Name: Ni Yulan and Dong Jiqin Gender m/f: Ni Yulan (F) Dong Jiqin (M)

Further information on UA: 117/11 Index: ASA 17/011/2012 Issue Date: 22 May 2012

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