People's Republic of China: Appeal on behalf of Chinese Communist Party official Bao Tong and researcher Gao Shan
Two prominent prisoners of conscience in China have recently been sentenced to prison terms for alleged illegal activities during the 1989 pro- democracy protests. Both had been detained without trial for more than three years. Bao Tong, a senior official of the Chinese Communist Party and a close associate of former CCP General Secretary Zhao Ziyang, was sentenced to 7 years' imprisonment on 21 July. He was charged with "leaking state secrets" and "counter-revolutiona ry propaganda". Gao Shan was sentenced to four years for "leaking state secrets" on 5 August 1992. Both trials were held in secret; AI fears that they may not have conformed to international standards for fair trial. AI considers both prisoners of conscience and is calling for their unconditional release.