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UA 200/93 - People's Republic of China: medical concern / fear of ill- treatment: Ren Wanding

, N° d'index: ASA 17/027/1993

In a letter sent to the UN World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna on 16 June 1993, Zhang Fengying, the wife of Ren Wanding, a human rights activist jailed in China since 1989, has asked the United Nations to consider his plight. She is concerned that her husband may be placed in solitary confinement, following his mistreatment by prison guards after he had requested to see his medical file. Ren Wanding, whose health has deteriorated considerably since his imprisonment, believes that records have been removed from it in order to prevent his release on medical grounds. He is reportedly suffering from severe internal and external haemorrhoids, acute gastritis, chronic sinusitis, chest infections, and sight threatening cataracts. He has also stated that he would go on hunger- strike.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: ASA 17/27/93
Distr: UA/SC
UA 200/93 Medical Concern/Fear of Ill-treatment 18 June 1993
People's Republic of China:Ren Wanding
In a letter sent to the World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna, Zhang
Fengying, the wife of Ren Wanding, a human rights activist jailed in China
since 1989, has asked the United Nations to consider the plight of her husband.
In her letter to the U.N., dated 16 June 1993, Zhang Fengying expresses concern
that her husband, who is serving his seven-year sentence in Beijing Prison
No.2, may now be subjected to punishment because of an incident which happened
at the prison on 15 June during her monthly visit. According to her account
Ren Wanding was mistreated by prison guards after requesting to see his medical
file, from which he believed records had been removed in order to prevent his
release on medical grounds. The prison guards became angry at this request,
twisted Ren Wanding's arm behind his back, put a hand over his mouth and took
him away claiming he would undergo a "severe punishment". As he was being taken
back to his cell, Ren Wanding declared that he would go on hunger strike in
protest.
Amnesty International fears that as a "severe punishment" Ren Wanding may be
placed in solitary confinement, which could lead to a further decline in his
physical and mental well-being. The organization is also concerned about the
effects a hunger strike may have on his state of health.
Ren Wanding's health appears to have deteriorated considerably since his
imprisonment. He is reportedly suffering from severe internal and external
haemorrhoids, acute gastritis, as well as chronic sinusitis and chest
infections. He has developed cataracts that have seriously reduced his vision
and is in danger of losing his eyesight completely. He has apparently not
received any specialist medical treatment.
Ren Wanding was arrested in Beijing in 1989 for distributing essays and making
speeches calling for respect for human rights, freedom of speech and the rule
of law, during the 1989 pro-democracy protests. A veteran human rights activist,
he had been previously jailed for four years after founding the "Human Rights
Alliance" in Beijing during the 1979 "Democracy Wall" movement. (Please see
UA 262/91, ASA 17/46/91, 26 July 1991 and follow-ups: ASA 17/49/91, 6 August
1991, ASA 17/51/91, 19 August 1991, ASA 17/55/91, 9 September 1991, ASA 17/57/91
17 September 1991 and ASA 17/65/91 dated 39 October 1991).
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and
airmail letters either in English or your own language:
- expressing concern that Ren Wanding, who has not used or advocated violence,
has been detained for the peaceful exercise of the right to freedom of expression
and urging that he released immediately and unconditionally;
- urging that he receive proper medical care appropriate to his state of health
in accordance with the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment
of Prisoners.
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APPEALS TO:
1) Minister of Justice of the People's Republic of China
XIAO Yang Buzhang
Sifabu
Xiaguangli
Beijingshi 100016
People's Republic of China
Telegrams: Xiao Yang, Sifabu Buzhang, Beijingshi, P.R. China
Telexes: 210020 FMPRC CN or 22478 MFERT CN (please forward to Xiao Yang
Buzhang)
Faxes: + 861 467 7351
Salutation: Your Excellency
2) Procurator-General of the Supreme People's Procuratorate of the People's
Republic of China
ZHANG Siqing Jianchayuan
Beijingshi
People's Republic of China
Telegrams: Zhang Siqi, Jianchayuan Zhang, Beijingshi, P.R. China
Telexes: 2100070 FMPRC CN or 22478 MFERT CN (please forward to Zhang
Siqi Jianchazhang)
Faxes: + 861 512 6655 ext.1053
Salutation: Dear Procurator-General
3) Mayor of Beijing Municipal People's Government
Li Qiyuan Shizhang
Beijingshi Renmin Zhengfu
2 Zhengyilu
Dongchengqu
Beijingshi 100744
People's Republic of China
Telexes: 210217 FAOGB CN or 22476 BJGVT CN? * This may be incorrect - sections
have had problems using these two telex numbers. Pse. check before using Faxes:
+ 86 1 512 1158 (Please forward to Mayor Li Qiyuan)
Telegram: Li Qiyuan, Shizhang, Beijingshi, P.R.China
Salutation: Dear Sir
and to diplomatic representatives of China accredited to your country. The
World Conference on Human Rights is being held in Austria this month and you
can enhance the power of your appeals by also sending copies to the diplomatic
representative of China in Austria during June at the following address:
The Chinese Embassy:
The Ambassador
Botschaft der Volksrepublik China
Metternichgasse 4, 1030 Wien
Austria
Faxes: + 43 1 713 68 16
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 30 July 1993.

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