EXTERNAL AI Index: ASA 17/68/95
8 September 1995
Further information (2) on UA 208/95 (ASA 17/61/95, 24 August 1995) and follow-up (ASA 17/66/95,
4 September) - Prisoners of conscience / Fear of further arrests / Fear of ill-treatment
and new Health concern
PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINADing Zilin (f), university professor, human rights activist
Jiang Peikun, her husband
and new names: Qi Zhiyong
Xu Shuiliang, 51
Around 28 August 1995, Qi Zhiyong, who lost both his legs during the suppression of the 1989
pro-democracy movement, was taken from his home in Beijing into police custody. No arrest
warrant was shown, but his relatives believe that his arrest is linked in some way to the
Fourth United Nations World Conference on Women, currently underway in Beijing. Qi Zhiyong
had only recently been fitted with two artificial legs.
On 5 September, the veteran dissident Xu Shuiliang was taken away from his home in Nanjing,
in southern China, to serve a 15-day administrative detention order in a police detention
centre. According to his friends, this order was issued to prevent him from undertaking any
kind of action during the Conference. Xu Shuiliang has already served two sentences of,
respectively, three and 10 years' imprisonment for his involvement in pro-democracy movements
in the late 1970s. He was released in 1992. He is believed to be suffering from a heart
complaint and high blood pressure.
Amnesty International believes that Qi Zhiyong and Xu Shuiliang are prisoners of conscience,
and fears that they will not receive appropriate medical treatment.
Meanwhile, 16 relatives of those killed or injured during the suppression of the 1989
pro-democracy movement have written an open letter to the National People's congress, asking
for the prompt release of Ding Zilin and Jiang Peikun. Relatives have dismissed allegations
that the couple might be in any way involved in "economic irregularities" and have appealed
for them to be treated fairly by the authorities. They express hope that during the Women's
Conference in Beijing, women's rights and citizens' rights in China will be guaranteed.
Ding Zilin and Jiang Peikun have reportedly been held in Procuratorate premises in Wuxi,
Jiangsu province, since 18 August 1995. They have not been permitted visits from relatives
Before being arrested, Ding Zilin, in a letter to friends, said that she intended to go to
Beijing in August to solve a personal problem; she was reportedly being pressured into early
retirement which she interpreted as being a result of her activities on behalf of the families
of victims of the 1989 repression.
Please continue action for Ding Zilin, Jiang peikun and Liu Gang and FURTHER RECOMMENDED
ACTION: send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/airmail letters in Chinese, English or in your
- calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Qi Zhiyong, Xu Shuiliang;
- seeking assurances that they receive all necessary medical treatment;