EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: ASA 17/05/93
15 February 1993
Further information on UA 65/92 (ASA 17/21/92, 21 February 1992 ) and follow-up
ASA 17/49/92, 18 August 1992 - Medical Concern/Prisoner of Conscience
PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA: Li Guiren
Li Guiren, a prisoner of conscience, is seriously ill, is virtually cut off
from his family, and may die unless he gets proper medical attention soon.
Official sources have confirmed to his family that Li Guiren is now seriously
ill. Prison regulations allow Li Guiren's family only one short visit every
Li Guiren is suffering from a serious heart condition and gallstones; he is
able to consume only 50 grams of grain a day and over the past few months has
had to be fed intravenously three times, each time for a period of one week.
In January a relative was reported as saying, "I don't know if he will live
until the Spring....He gets worse and worse. His legs are as thin as poles".
Over the past twelve months Li Guiren's family has appealed to the authorities
several times for his release on bail or to be sent to a hospital for proper
medical attention but the authorities have failed to meet these requests.
Li Guiren was arrested in June 1989 for trying to organize a strike at the
Hua Yue Publishing House, of which he was editor-in-chief, in protest at the
4 June massacre in Beijing. He was also accused of taking part in demonstrations
and other activities during the 1989 protests. In March 1991, Li Guiren was
sentenced to five years' imprisonment and is now imprisoned in Shaanxi No.
2 Prison in Weinan city.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes and airmail
- expressing concern at recent reports that Li Guiren's health has continued
to deteriorate rapidly in recent months and that he has been denied proper
medical care and sufficient access to relatives;
- expressing concern that Li Guiren is being held for the peaceful exercise
of his right to freedom of association and expression and urging that he be
released quickly and unconditionally;
- urging that Li Guiren be granted immediate and proper medical care appropriate
to his state of health in accordance with the United Nations Standard Minimum
Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.