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Further information on UA 487/90 (ASA 17/72/90 and follow-ups ASA 17/09/91, 24 January and ASA 17/12/91, 29 January) - People's Republic of China: legal concern: Lu Jiamin

, Index number: ASA 17/014/1991

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: ASA 17/14/91
Distr: UA/SC
31 January 1991
Further information on UA 487/90 (ASA 17/72/90, 3 December 1990, and follow-ups
ASA 17/09/91, 24 January and ASA 17/12/91, 29 January 1991) - Legal Concern
PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA : LU Jiamin
Official sources have announced on separate occasions since early January that
over 60 dissidents have been released or exempted from criminal punishment.
The official New China News Agency (NCNA) recently announced the release of
18 people who had committed "minor offences" and "had shown repentance". They
had all reportedly been charged but were released without being tried.
Eleven people were released following a decision by the Beijing People's
Procuratorate; these included Lu Jiamin, who had been detained since 11 July
1989. Others released at the same time were Chen Bo, Xiong Yan (see UA 184/89,
ASA 17/34/89, 16 June, and follow-up ASA 17/68/89, 18 July 1989), Ding Xiaoping
and Wen Jie. Seven others were freed following a decision by the Beijing Public
Security Bureau, including Chen Wei and Zhang Wei. Five other people who were
tried but "exempted from criminal punishment" were also reportedly freed, and
according to the official NCNA, 45 other detainees whose names were not disclosed
were released without being charged.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Airmail letters:
- welcoming reports of the releases but inquiring whether any restrictions
have been placed on Lu Jiamin, Chen Bo, Xiong Yan, Ding Xiaoping, Wen Jie,
Chen Wei and Zhang Wei as a condition for their release.
APPEALS TO:
LI Peng Zongli (PREMIER)
Guowoyuan
Beijingshi
Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo
People's Republic of China
CAI Cheng Buzhang (JUSTICE MINISTER)
Sifabu
Sanlihe
Beijingshi
Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo
People's Republic of China
LIU Fuzhi Jianchazhang (PROCURATOR GENERAL)
Zuigao Renmin Jianchayuan
Beijinghsi
Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo
People's Republic of China
2
COPIES TO:
JIANG Zemin Zhongyang Weiyuanhui Zongshuji
Beijingshi
Zonghua Renmin Gongheguo
People's Republic of China (PARTY GENERAL SECRETARY)
SHAO Huaze Zong Bianji (CHIEF EDITOR, PEOPLE'S DAILY)
Renmin Ribao
Jintaixilu 2
Chaoyangmenwai
Beijingshi 100733
People's Republic of China
and to the diplomatic representatives of the PRC in your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat
or your section office if sending appeals after 14 March 1991.

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