People's Republic of China: Appeal for Liu Gang
In an account of his treatment in prison, prisoner of conscience Liu Gang has accused officials at Lingyuan prison of repeated torture and harassment. A translation of his account is attached to this document. He was recently reported to be in very poor health. A physics graduate from Beijing University and a key figure in the 1989 student protests, he was arrested in June 1989 and after two years' detention without trial, was sentenced in February 1991 to six years' imprisonment for "counter- revolutionary crimes". In April 1991 he was transferred to Lingyuan No 2 Labour-Reform Detachment, Liaoning province, with a group of political prisoners. Since then, they have been subjected to appaling conditions, torture, ill-treatment, solitary confinement and beatings.