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People's Republic of China: Further information on prisoners of conscience / fear of further arrests / fear of ill-treatment and new concern health concern: Ding Zilin (f), Jiang Peikun, Liu Gang; and new names: Qi Zhiyong, Xu Shuiliang

, N° d'index: ASA 17/068/1995

Around 28 August, 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. On 5 September, the veteran dissident Xu Shuiliang, was taken from his home in Nanjing, to serve a 15 day administrative detention order in a police detention centre. He is believed to be suffering from a heart complaint and high blood pressure. Friends believe that this order was issued to prevent him from undertaking any kind of action during the Conference. Ding Zilin and Jiang Peikun have reportedly been held in Procurate premises in Wuxi, Jiangsu province since 18 August. They have not been permitted visits from relatives since then.

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
Liu Gang
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
since then.
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
own language:
- calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Qi Zhiyong, Xu Shuiliang;
- seeking assurances that they receive all necessary medical treatment;
- seeking assurances that no further dissidents will be detained during the Fourth United
Nations World Conference on Women.
APPEALS TO:
Vice-Minister of Public Security
Member of the Organizing Committee for the Fourth World Conference on Women
TIAN Qiyu Fubuzhang
Gong'anbu
14 Dongchang'anlu
Beijingshi 100741
People's Republic of China
Telegrams: Vice-Minister Tian Qiyu, Beijing, China
Salutation: Dear Minister
Premier of the People's Republic of China
LI Peng Zongli
Guowuyuan
9 Xihuangchenggenbeijie
Beijingshi 100032
People's Republic of China
Telegrams: Premier Li Peng, Beijing, China
Salutation: Your Excellency
Minister of Justice of the People's Republic of China
XIAO Yang Buzhang
Sifabu
Xiaguangli
Beijingshi 100016
People's Republic of China
Telegrams: Minister of Justice, Beijing, China
Salutation: Your Excellency
Minister of Public Health of the People's Republic of China
CHEN Minzhang Buzhang
Weishengbu
44 Houhai Beiyan, Gulou Xidajie
Beijingshi
People's Republic of China
Telegrams: Minister of Public Security, Beijing, China
Salutation: Your Excellency
COPIES TO:
Chief editor GAO Di, People's Daily
GAO Di Zong Bianji
Renmin Ribao
Jintaixilu 2
Chaoyangmenwai
Beijingshi 100733
People's Republic of China
and to diplomatic representatives of People's Republic of China accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat, or your section
office, if sending appeals after 31 October 1995.

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