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China: Chinese artist beaten by police

, Index number: ASA 17/040/2010

The trial of Chinese artist Wu Yuren, who was beaten by police officers while in detention, is expected to take place in late October 2010. He has been held since 31 May, and the authorities have refused him medical attention. His family and lawyer were told he is facing charges of “obstructing public service”.

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URGENT ACTION
CHINESE ARTIST BEATEN BY POLICE
The trial of Chinese artist Wu Yuren, who was beaten by police officers while in detention, is
expected to take place in late October. He has been held since 31 May, and the authorities have
refused him medical attention. His family and lawyer were told he is facing charges of
“obstructing public service”.
On 31 May, Wu Yuren accompanied his friend Yang Licai to the Jiuxianqiao police station, Chaoyang District,
Beijing, to assist him in filing a complaint against his landlord. The two men were put into detention in the police
station. Wu Yuren told his lawyer that the police were verbally abusive towards them, particularly Wu Yuren, for
example saying, “you think you are such a big shot. Later that evening four to five police officers dragged Wu Yuren
out of the room where he and Yang Licai were being held and beat him. Yang Licai reported having heard Wu
Yuren’s cries, and the next morning noticed that one of Wu Yuren’s arms was completely limp During his meetings
with Wu Yuren, his lawyer observed injuries to his arm, shoulder, forehead and skull resulting from the beating he
sustained. The authorities have refused to investigate the allegations of beatings and ill-treatment and have denied
that he needs to be seen by a doctor. Yang Licai was released after 10 days.
On 1 June, Wu and Yang were transferred to the Chaoyang District Detention Centre. Neither Wu Yuren’s lawyer or
his family received official notice of his detention or formal arrest. They have been informally told that Wu Yuren is
being charged with “obstructing public services” and that the case is now with the procuratorate and under
investigation. Specifically, he is accused of verbally threatening and beating a police officer, and taking the video
camera from another police officer who was filming the incident.
PLEASE WRITE IMMEDIATELY in English, Chinese or your own language:
Calling on the authorities to immediately initiate an investigation into allegations that Wu Yuren was beaten in
detention.
Calling on the authorities to ensure Wu Yuren is not subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading
treatment whilst in detention.
Calling on the authorities to ensure Wu Yuren has access to his family, lawyer, and any medical attention he
requires;
Calling for an independent court to seriously consider Wu Yuren’s request for bail,
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 12 NOVEMBER 2010 TO:
Head, Beijing Chaoyang District
People’s Court
Beijingshi Chaoyangqu Fayuan
2, Chaoyang Gongyuan Nanlu
Chaoyangqu
Beijingshi 100026
People's Republic of China
Email: bjcyqfy_mygt@chinacourt.org
Salutation: Dear Head
Prime Minister of the People's Republic
of China
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
And copies to:
Procurator-General of the Supreme
People's Procuratorate of the
People's Republic of China
CAO JianmingJianchazhang
Zuigao Renmin Jianchayuan
147 Beiheyandajie
Beijingshi 100726
People's Republic of China
Salutation: Dear Procurator-General
Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above
date.
Date: 01 October 2010
URGENT ACTION
CHINESE ARTIST BEATEN BY POLICE
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Wu Yuren is a prominent artist who recently had his first solo art exhibition at the Tang Ren Contemporary in Hong Kong. He was
one of the leaders of a February protest against the forced demolition of the 008 Art District in Beijing and was also a signatory
of Charter ’08, a petition calling for democratic and legal reforms in China..
Charter 08, initially signed by approximately 300 Chinese scholars, lawyers and officials, is a proposal for legal and political
reform in China to establish a democratic system that respects human rights. Charter 08 was launched on 9 December 2008.
Numerous signatories of the charter have been questioned and harassed by Chinese authorities since its launch, and one of the
leading figures of the Petition, Liu Xiaobo, was sentenced in December 2009 to 11 years’ imprisonment. Human rights activists
in China who attempt to report on human rights violations, challenge policies that the authorities find politically sensitive, or try
to rally others to their cause, face serious risk of abuse. Authorities use broad and vaguely defined charges of "stealing,
possessing and leaking state secrets", "subversion", and other politically-motivated charges to arbitrarily detain and prosecute
activists, journalists and internet users.
According to Article 18 of China’s Criminal Procedure Law, the People’s Procuratorate is responsible for monitoring places of
detention and investigating and prosecuting crimes committed by state functionaries. In 2006 the Supreme People’s
Procuratorate announced the nationwide implementation of video-taping of all interrogations of criminal suspects by the end of
2007.
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