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People's Republic of China: Update on Wang Juntao - health concern

, Index number: ASA 17/026/1993

According to recent reports from relatives Wang Juntao, a prisoner of conscience jailed in Beijing for his involvement in the 1989 pro-democracy protests, has been transferred from Yanqing prison hospital, where he had been serving his 13-year prison sentence, to a military hospital. There is concern that the military hospital may not have adequate facilities to treat Wang Juntao. He is suffering from chronic hepatitis B and liver disease, and has recently developed coronary heart disease, in addition to diabetes and other unspecified minor illnesses. He had said that he would start a hunger-strike on 4 June if he was not released on bail for medical treatment. He has not yet gone ahead with this hunger-strike.

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