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Censored and Frustrated Chinese People Send Complaints to White House Website

Posted by Author on May 29, 2013

The Chinese people would like President Barack Obama to stop an oil refinery from being built in southern China, endorse sweet-flavoured tofu and reopen an 18-year-old criminal probe of a poisoning case. And while he’s at it, if he wouldn’t mind mobilising US troops to liberate Hong Kong, as well as China as a whole, that would be great, too. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tens of Thousands Appeal in Beijing

Posted by Author on June 29, 2011

Swarms of slogan-shouting petitioners in Beijing are challenging the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) ahead of the party’s 90th anniversary, some of them yelling: “Knock down the Chinese Communist Party!”

To clean up the streets for the 90th anniversary celebrations of the CCP’s establishment, Beijing authorities have launched another round of arrests against the continuous stream of aggrieved citizens from all around the country who come to Beijing to making appeals to higher level regime offices. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese Peasants Petitioners Attacked and Beaten by Security Personnel and Hired Thugs

Posted by Author on March 22, 2011

Chinese security personnel and hired thugs attacked and beat a group of peasant petitioners in Fuzhou, capital of China’s southeastern province of Fujian, on Monday, witnesses said.

About 300 peasants from Gulou, Jingan, and other districts of Fuzhou had gathered outside the Provincial Office of Letters and Visits to voice complaints about forced relocations and land-grabs, but were violently dispersed, the witnesses said.

“More than 10 villagers have been beaten up. Two of them fell on the ground,” said Lin Xuguang, a peasant from Liuqiao village in Jingan district. Read the rest of this entry »

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“Black Jails” in China (video)

Posted by Author on October 3, 2010

In China, if you try to complain to the High Government about your local government being corrupt, etc… You can be kidnapped, put in to “black Jail” which is the illegal detention facility operated by police, and tortured so you learn your lesson.

Chinese government has never admitted that “Black Jails” exist, but here are two video footages.

Video 1

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Husband Reports Abuse of Shanghai petitioner in Labor Camp

Posted by Author on July 23, 2010

Human Rights in China, July 22, 2010 –

Wu Xuewei (吴雪伟)
, husband of Shanghai petitioner Mao Hengfeng (毛恒凤), told Human Rights in China (HRIC)  that Mao has been suffering serious physical abuse in the Anhui Provincial Women’s Reeducation-Through-Labor (RTL) Camp, where Mao is serving an 18-month sentence. Wu stated that Mao told him during a brief meeting at the camp on July 21 that the abuses include: frequent beatings carried out by inmates who were encouraged and directed by camp police officers; being hit on the head by a chair twice; being lifted and pulled by her arms and legs and thrown repeatedly against the floor; not being allowed to go to the bathroom or bathe.

In March 2010, Mao was ordered by Shanghai authorities to serve one-and-a-half years of RTL for “disturbing social order” by shouting slogans outside a Beijing Court. She began serving in the Shanghai Women’s RTL Camp, but was transferred to Anhui on April 27, 2010, more than 600 kilometers from Shanghai.

Mao began petitioning in 1988 after being fired from her job for refusing to abort a second pregnancy. For her petition activies, she has been forced into psychiatric hospitals by the authorities many times, and suffered many types of abuse and torture while imprisoned in the Shanghai Women’s Prison.

The Chinese original of Wu Xuewei’s description of the mistreatment of Mao is available at:

Human Rights in China

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China police ‘mistakenly beat boss’s wife’ as petitioner in daylight outside government building

Posted by Author on July 22, 2010

BBC News, July 21, 2010 –

Three Chinese police officers have been disciplined for beating up the wife of a senior local official.

The men were reported to have mistaken Chen Yulian for a petitioner, trying to see officials about a grievance.

They attacked her as she was trying to enter her husband’s office building in Wuhan, Hubei province.

Analysts say the case highlights the rough treatment many Chinese petitioners say is meted out to them when they bring their complaints.

Chinese media have reported that the men were plain clothes officers, employed to subdue petitioners outside the government building.

Reports said Mrs Chen was knocked to the ground in the incident last month and beaten for more than 15 minutes before being detained.

The authorities said she suffered minor injuries but other reports said she was still struggling to walk.

It later emerged that the woman was in fact attempting to raise a grievance with officials, over the death of her daughter in what she believed was a case of medical malpractice.

But her husband’s position meant she could not speak to the authorities directly.

He was reported to be in charge of maintaining stability and looking after petitioners.


“This incident is a total misunderstanding,” a local police bureau official was quoted by Shanghai Daily as saying.

“We didn’t mean to beat the wife of a big boss.”

But Chinese internet users have said Mrs Chen’s identity should not matter and that no petitioners should be subject to violence.

“Does this mean the police are not supposed to beat leaders’ wives, but the ordinary people can be battered?” the China Daily quoted one unnamed person as saying.

Thousands of petitioners attempt to air their grievances with local officials every day in China, often in disputes over land ownership or employment.

Many complain that they are treated roughly by security forces.

BBC News

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Home Demolished for World Expo, Shanghai Petitioners Seek Just Compensation

Posted by Author on April 3, 2010

Human Rights in China, Apr. 1, 2010-

As Shanghai authorities prepare for the World Expo, scheduled to begin on May 1 this year, the five-year ordeal of Hu Yan (胡燕)  and her family – whose ancestral home was demolished without the family’s consent – illustrates the strong-arm tactics of the authorities when it comes to official requisition of residential land for the World Expo. During the past five years, Hu and her husband Jiang Bin (姜斌) were the objects of official coercion, threats, and detention as they tried to petition their case to the authorities.

Hu Yan traveled to New York from Shanghai in February this year, leaving behind her family, including her infant daughter, so that she can bring her story to the attention of the international media.

Hu Yan told Human Rights in China (HRIC) that in 2004, she received notification that the small ancestral family home where she, her husband Jiang Bin, and her mother Chen Jufang (陈菊芳) were residing fell within the area selected for the site of the Shanghai 2010 World Expo and would be requisitioned. They were among the some 28,000 people who would eventually be relocated to make way for the World Expo. Situated at 13 West Chenjiazhai, Yaohua Road, Pudong New District, Shanghai, the house measured at 14 square meters – about 10 feet by 15 feet.

The World Expo Relocation Policy for the Pudong New District provides for compensation to those who have ownership of or the “right to use” the property, or have their hukou registered at the location.

Hu and her mother had their hukou registration at the location, but Hu’s husband and father did not. According to Hu, her father has been living and working in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region since he responded to the government’s call to help develop the region decades earlier, but plans to retire soon and come to live with his family in Shanghai. Hu and her mother feel that the family is entitled to compensation for four people, not two.

The two sides were unable to reach an agreement. On December 29, 2005, the Pudong New District authorities forcibly demolished the home of Hu Yan’s family when no one was present.

During the negotiation that lasted from mid to late 2005, the authorities put great pressure on Hu Yan and her mother to sign an agreement for demolition and relocation as soon as possible. Officials at the Pudong New District Gongli Hospital – Hu Yan’s work unit – including the director and the party committee secretary, threatened her with dismissal if she didn’t sign the agreement. The head of the workers’ union told her, “There is no rule of law to speak of in our country; the organization decides everything.” The hospital kept up the pressure in the two years that followed the demolition: Hu was denied bonuses and promotion. Under strain, Hu Yan even attempted suicide…….(More details from Human Rights in China)

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China: Secret “Black Jails” Hide Severe Rights Abuses– Report

Posted by Author on November 11, 2009

Human Rights Watch, November 11, 2009 –

(New York) – Since 2003, large numbers of Chinese citizens have been held incommunicado for days or months in secret, unlawful detention facilities known as “black jails” by state agents who violate detainees’ rights with impunity, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today.

The 53-page report, “An Alleyway in Hell,” documents how government officials, security forces, and their agents routinely abduct people off the streets of Beijing and other Chinese cities, strip them of their possessions, and imprison them. These black jails are often located in state-owned hotels, nursing homes, and psychiatric hospitals.

“The existence of black jails in the heart of Beijing makes a mockery of the Chinese government’s rhetoric on improving human rights and respecting the rule of law,” said Sophie Richardson, Asia advocacy director at Human Rights Watch. “The government should move swiftly to close these facilities, investigate those running them, and provide assistance to those abused in them.”

Human Rights Watch found that it is usually petitioners who are detained in black jails. These are citizens from mainly rural areas who come to Beijing and other provincial capitals seeking redress for abuses ranging from illegal land grabs and government corruption to police torture. Local officials, with the tolerance of public security authorities, establish the black jails as a way to ensure these complainants are detained, punished, and sent home so that these officials will not suffer demerits under rules that impose bureaucratic penalties when there is a large flow of petitioners from their areas.

The Chinese government has flatly denied the existence of black jails. In an April 2009 Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) press conference, a MOFA official responded to an Al Jazeera correspondent’s query about black jails by stating categorically that, “Things like this do not exist in China.” In June 2009, the Chinese government asserted in the Outcome Report of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review of China’s human rights record that, “There are no black jails in the country.”

Black jail guards routinely subject these detainees to abuses including physical violence, theft, extortion, threats, intimidation, and deprivation of food, sleep, and medical care.

A 46-year-old former detainee from Jiangsu province, who spent more than a month in a black jail, cried with fear and frustration as she recalled her abduction.”[The abductors] are inhuman…two people dragged me by the hair and put me into the car. My two hands were tied up and I couldn’t move. Then [after arriving back in Jiangsu] they put me inside a room where there were two women who stripped me of my clothes…[and] beat my head [and] used their feet to stomp my body,” the former detainee said.

The majority of the former black jail detainees interviewed by Human Rights Watch said that they were abducted by individuals who provided no legal justification for detention or any information about detainees’ eventual destination or possible length of detention. One 52-year-old petitioner from Liaoning province told Human Rights Watch: “I was detained by retrievers from [my home province of] Liaoning who were in plainclothes and never showed me any identification. I doubt they had any [official] identification. They never told me the reason why they detained me; they never even spoke to me and didn’t tell me how long they were going to detain me for.”

Black jail detainees are also subject to psychological abuse, including threats of sexual violence. A 42-year-old former detainee from Sichuan province was told by her black jail guards that if she attempted to escape they would “… take me to the male prison and let [the inmates] take turns raping [me].” Human Rights Watch also documented black jail guards’ use of sleep and food deprivation and denial of needed medical care as a means of punishment or to control or elicit information from detainees. A 70-year-old former detainee from Hubei province resorted to a three-day hunger strike to compel her captors to allow her access to a doctor.

Minors under the age of 18 have been detained in black jails in blatant violation of China’s commitments to the rights of children. One former detainee interviewed by Human Rights Watch was a 15-year-old girl, abducted from the streets of Beijing while petitioning on behalf of her crippled father, who was locked up in a nursing home in Gansu province for more than two months and subjected to severe beatings.

“To visit these kinds of abuses on citizens who have already been failed repeatedly by the legal system is the height of hypocrisy,” said Richardson……. (more details from Human Rights Watch)

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East China Petitioner Gets One Year and Six Months in Prison for “Obstructing Official Business”

Posted by Author on October 23, 2009

Human Rights in China (HRIC), October 23, 2009 –

Human Rights in China (HRIC) learned that on October 23, 2009, Duan Chunfang (段春芳), a Shanghai petitioner and Charter ’08 signer, was sentenced by a Shanghai court to one year and six months in prison for “obstructing official business.” Duan’s family members said that this is an unjust ruling and that they plan to appeal. Duan has been petitioning the authorities for redress for the 2007 death of her brother, Duan Huimin (段惠民), while he was serving a Reeducation-Through-Labor (RTL) sentence.

In 2000, Duan Chunfang and her brother began petitioning the authorities after her home was demolished by the government and he lost his job. On November 3, 2006, while petitioning in Beijing, they were beaten by around ten men – including one named Gao Weiguo – who had been sent by Shanghai authorities to Beijing to intercept petitioners. The brother and sister were brought back to Shanghai, and Duan Huimin was subsequently sentenced to 13 months of Reeducation-Through-Labor (RTL). He received no medical treatment in detention and his condition worsened. On December 31, 2006, the authorities decided to let Duan serve the remainder of his sentence outside of RTL facilities. While being escorted home by RTL officials, Duan asked to be taken to a hospital but was abandoned in the street instead. After his family retrieved him, he died two days later.

Following Duan Huimin’s death, Duan Chunfang continued to go to Beijing, to seek reparations for her demolished home and justice for her brother death. She also signed Charter ‘08. On June 23, 2009, Duan Chunfang and her husband were surrounded and beaten by a dozen or so policemen. Her arm was injured in several places. On July 3, she was detained and accused of assaulting policemen. She was later formally arrested on suspicion of “obstructing official business.”…… (more from Human Rights in China)

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Beijing Clamps Down on Petitioners Ahead of celebrate 60 years of communist rule

Posted by Author on September 13, 2009

NTDTV, Via youtube, Sep.12, 2009-

A group of armed police patrols a railway station in Zhejiang Province. This is just a fraction of the strict security arrangements that have been set up around China. Authorities here want nothing to disturb the October 1st events that will celebrate 60 years of communist rule.

Over the weekend, city streets around Beijings Changan Avenue were shut down. Tanks and rocket launchers replaced cars on the roads for a rehearsal parade for October 1st. Residents here are being asked to re-register for identity cards, as authorities try to maintain control over individuals entering the region.

Victor Gao, Director of China National Association of International Studies, told Globe & Mail that while pedestrians and drivers may experience unhappiness with the inconveniences, these feelings will be overwhelmed by the great zeal of the happy occasion.

It appears, however, that not everyone shares this great zeal. Scores of petitioners in Beijing are being sent back to their hometowns. There, they may face illegal detention or even so-called re-education.

[Hongren Liu, Jiangsu Petitioner]:
We were petitioning at the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection. They treated us very badly. There isnt much hope for petitioning during the 60th anniversary celebration. There are plain-clothed police everywhere. The ones from your prefecture will take you away and beat you up, and send you to re-education classes. Yesterday there were 2,000 petitioners at the Bureau of Letters and Visits, and they were all sent away……. (more)

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China’s repression continues after Beijing Olympics, media and dissidents fight back (5)

Posted by Author on February 8, 2009

Reporters Without Borders, 5 February 2009 –

Would-be protesters still threatened

Some would-be protesters have been released, including the two elderly women who were given a reeducation sentence for requesting permission to demonstrate in one of the Beijing locations designated for this purpose during the Olympic Games.

But the police continue to prevent peaceful protests. For example, someone representing people who had been evicted from their land in Hubei province was arrested in mid-December for planning to go to Beijing to demonstrate.

Three Jiangsu province petition organisers were freed at the end of September after being held in illegal prisons during the Olympic Games. But according to Chinese Human Rights Defenders, Liu Xueli, a campaigner against forced evictions who had asked for permission to demonstrate in a designated place in August, has been sentenced to 21 months of reeducation through work. And Fuzhou-based petitioner Ji Sizun is still being held for wanting to demonstrate in Beijing during the games.

Ye Guozhu was meanwhile released in October after accepting compensation for the demolition of his home during the renovations carried out in Beijing in the run-up to the Olympic Games. He was to have been freed at the end of July, but the authorities decided to keep him in detention while the games were going on.

Finally, a Shanghai petitioner was beaten by police for daring to request assistance for his elderly mother who had to be hospitalised as a result of the stress she suffered during the games, when he was being kept under close police surveillance.

And the International Olympic Committee’s take?

“Exceptional games,” IOC president Jacques Rogge said at a news conference just before the closing ceremony. “The biggest intangible legacy of the games, and also a very important one, is that through the games, China has been scrutinized by the world, China has opened up to the world.” (END)

Repression continues six months after Beijing Olympics opening ceremony, but media and dissidents fight back, The Reporters Without Borders

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Central China city bans petitioners from seeking justice in Beijing

Posted by Author on December 25, 2008

Radio Free Asia, 2008-12-24 –

Human rights activists speak out against a new regulation in China’s Shanxi province that they say targets the rights of petitioners.

HONG KONG— New legislation against petitioning which blocks residents of Taiyuan, in China’s Shanxi province, from seeking justice in Beijing is without legal basis, according to leading human rights activists in the country.

The legislation is in conflict with existing law, Yao Lifa, a rights advocate from China’s central Hubei province, said.

“The ‘Regulation on Petitions’ issued by China’s State Council clearly states that petitioners may voice their grievances to higher-level government offices,” Yao said.

“Sending local police to detain petitioners in Beijing is simply a way to avoid resolution of the problem.”

The legal wing of the city Communist Party committee in Taiyuan, capital of northern China’s Shanxi province, announced the new measures against petitioners earlier this week, according to the official Taiyuan Daily.

Law enforcement officers “will punish various illegal petitioning activities in accordance with the law” in locations that include Tiananmen Square, Zhongnanhai—the Party leadership compound—foreign embassies, and government representative offices, the news agency reported.

Petitioners from Taiyuan are also banned from central government leaders’ residences and from provincial and municipal government offices that don’t handle petitions. They are also prohibited from organizing demonstrations in Beijing.

Sichuan-based rights activist Liu Zhengyou said all local authorities, including those in Taiyuan, have attempted to thwart petitioning in Beijing by sending local police to round up petitioners.

“Petitioners who are caught will be put in illegal prisons, in detention, placed under house arrest, or locked in mental hospitals. But to do this violates China’s law,” Liu said.

Petitioners punished

China maintains a “Letter and Visit Office” at various levels of the government to deal with petitions.

But Liu Zhengyou said local officials are often responsible for the problems petitioners seek to address. And after petitioners voice their grievances, it is the petitioners who are punished, rather than the officials who wronged them.

Analysts with the China Information Center rights group predict another wave of petitioning across the country next March during the People’s Congress national convention.

China’s current system of dealing with petitions is ineffective because it relies on the moral values of its many officials, Yao said.

“China has a huge army of petitioners. The government has spent so much money on stopping them, but they are still disappointed and hopeless. I call upon the Chinese government to end its system of ‘rule of person’ and to switch to one of ‘rule by law.'”

Liu Zhengyou said the current system goes beyond inefficiency and specifically targets petitioners.

“In our country there is no mechanism to rectify errors committed by officials. If you go to petition in Beijing, the person who receives you has a connection with the police from the place where you are from, and works with them to persecute you,” Liu said.

“The new Taiyuan regulation is an open campaign against petitioners, and has recently appeared in Sichuan and many other places,” he said.

“The space for petitioners is becoming even narrower and more dangerous. This is an illegal crackdown.”

– Radio Free Asia: Taiyuan Bans Petitioners from Beijing

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China city checks petitions into mental hospital

Posted by Author on December 9, 2008

Reuters, Dec. 8, 2008-

BEIJING (Reuters) – Authorities in eastern China have found a creative way to deal with residents with complaints — checking them into a mental hospital and force-feeding them drugs, local media reported on Monday, citing victims.

Authorities in Xintai, a municipal region in eastern Shandong province, had forced at least 18 people with grievances, ranging from police brutality to property disputes, into a local mental hospital, the Beijing News said.

Chinese residents with complaints directed at local governments often travel to “petitions and appeals” offices (also called “letters and visits” offices) in provincial capitals and in Beijing after failing to get redress through lower channels.

Local governments, fearing embarrassment, often send police and other officials to intercept them and forcefully take them back to their home villages.

Sun Fawu, a 57-year-old retired miner from Dagouqiao village in Xintai, was force-fed drugs and injections during a more than 20-day stay at the Xintai Mental Health Hospital in October, the paper said.

“My head was always dizzy and I could not stay up,” the paper quoted Sun as saying. He had campaigned for years to get compensation for spoiled farm land and housing stemming from coal mining near his village.

Sun was released only after he signed a document saying he was mentally ill and “would not petition again,” the paper said……. (more details from Reuters)

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“Black Jails” (3): China’s Police-operated Growing Network of Illegal Detention Facilities

Posted by Author on November 5, 2008

Chinese Human Rights Defenders, October 19, 2008 – (cont’d)


Black jails elsewhere in the country

It is impossible to list them all as CHRD has received numerous reports of black jails in the past year. Below are just some of the examples:

* Minhang Assistance Station, No. 1774 Humin Road, Minhang District, Shanghai:  Minhang Assistance Station is a “centralized” black jail that detains intercepted petitioners from all over China in Shanghai. The jail is made up of small rooms, each fitted with a small window and an iron door and guarded by two guards. Between August 13 and 27, Shanghai petitioner Shen Peilan (沈佩兰) was held there together with about thirty others. According to Shen, the detainees are barred from speaking with each other.

* Yancao Station, Hongtai Yuansigou Village, Yunxi County, Hubei Province: This black jail holds many Hubei petitioners including the petitioner-turned-activist Zheng Dajing (郑大靖), who has been detained since September 2007 after he was kidnapped by Hubei interceptors in Beijing. Zheng have been subjected to repeated beatings and mistreatment. Zheng has also been denied access to medical treatment.

* At an isolated building near Wangcheng Village
, Xiaoduchuan Street Office, Enshi City, Hubei Province: Petitioner and activist Wang Guilan (王桂兰) was detained in this black jail between April 17 and July 29. Wang was sent there after she was intercepted by Beijing police and forcibly escorted back to her hometown, Enshi City, by Hubei interceptors.

* The third floor of Jingtian Restaurant on Yuanda Road, Furong District, Changsha City, Hunan Province: The jail is fitted with a steel door and windows with steel bars and guarded around the clock by a dozen security guards and officials from the local court and the Public Security Bureau (PSB). Petitioners held there are subjected to mistreatment and beatings. On August 4, Li Maofang (李毛芳), a petitioner against forcible demolition from Chaoyanger Village in Furong District, was intercepted by officers from the Beijing Liaison Office of Changsha City while petitioning in Beijing. Li was forcibly sent back to Changsha, where she was first interrogated at Changyanger Village Police Station and then detained at this black jail on Yuanda Road.  Li was frequently punished. For example, she was dragged on the floor for attempting to go out of her room for a walk.

* An isolated villa in the hills of Qipanshan about thirty kilometers from Shenyang City, Liaoning: This black jail has over ten rooms and each detains about eight individuals. Petitioners are held incommunicado, poorly fed and barred from venturing outside of their rooms. Petitioners are released if they sign an agreement promising that they will cease petitioning. Between August 6 and 9, Li Shufen (李树芬), a petitioner from Tiexi District in Shenyang, was detained there after she was kidnapped from her home in Beijing.

(to be cont’d)

Chinese Human Rights Defenders

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“Black Jails” (2): China’s Police-operated Growing Network of Illegal Detention Facilities

Posted by Author on November 4, 2008

Chinese Human Rights Defenders, October 19, 2008 – (cont’d)


Black Jails in Beijing

Ma Jia Lou, Beijing

Ma Jia Lou, established in 2004 and located at Fengtai District within the South Fourth Ring Road in Beijing, is a centralized black jail where petitioners intercepted by Beijing police are sent. When petitioners first arrived in Ma Jia Lou, they are registered and detained before officials there notify interceptors from their local areas, who then take the petitioners away and forcibly escort them back to their home provinces. Ma Jia Lou can incarcerate up to several thousands of petitioners at a time and is the black jail with the highest capacity documented by CHRD. The period of detention varies widely–ranging from a few of days to a couple of months. At Ma Jia Lou, beatings of petitioners by interceptors are common occurrences. Petitioners are also fed poorly—they are given two meals of steamed buns and preserved vegetables every day.

Jiu Jing Zhuang, Beijing

In July 2008, when Ma Jia Lou could no longer accommodate an increasing number of intercepted petitioners, another black jail, Jiu Jing Zhuang was setup at an abandoned factory in Dahongmen, Fengtai District in Beijing to incarcerate individuals who are new to petitioning in the capital. The situation in Jiu Jing Zhuang is very similar to those in Ma Jia Lou—petitioners are poorly fed and routinely beaten by interceptors.

Hufang Road Youth Hostel, Beijing

This black jail, one of the latest documented by CHRD, is managed by the Beijing Liaison Office of Henan Province. On October 14, Xu Zhiyong (许志永), a professor at Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, visited the black jail after he received a phone call for assistance from a detained petitioner. The petitioner, Ma Xirong (马喜荣), was detained there with at least twenty others. Xu was unable to enter the jail and he was beaten by the guards. During the beating, one of the assailants shouted at Xu, “we are the government, what can we be afraid of? Do you want to call 110 [police hotline for emergency]? You can call now!”

The following Beijing black jails documented in our 2007 report have continued to operate with impunity:

* A converted two-storey building behind the Jingyuan Inn in Wulidian, Fengtai District, Beijing managed by the Beijing Liaison Office of the Nanyang City government in Henan Province;
* The basement of an Inner Mongolian inn located behind the Beijing Art Museum in Dongcheng District managed by the Beijing liaison office of Jixi City, Heilongjiang Province;
* A two-storey building at the northwestern corner of Taoran Ting Park, in the back wing of the Green Tree Inn, about five hundred meters south of the Supreme Court. This is another “centralized” black jails incarcerating petitioners from all over the country;
* In the basement of the Beijing liaison office of Pingdingshan City, Henan Province, at the southwestern corner of Taoran Ting Park to jail petitioners from Pingdingshan;
* The Tianmei Inn at 131 Canlan Lane, which is across the street from the Nanheng Street stop of the No. 381 bus that leaves Beijing South Train Station. The place is for the detention of petitioners from Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province.

(to be cont’d)

Chinese Human Rights Defenders

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“Black Jails” (1): China’s Police-operated Growing Network of Illegal Detention Facilities

Posted by Author on November 4, 2008

(Chinese Human Rights Defenders, October 19, 2008) – A year after CHRD released the report “Black Jails” in the Host City of the “Open Olympics” in October 2007, Chinese authorities continue to detain individuals in these illegal and secret detention facilities in Beijing and around the country. The black jails documented in CHRD’s 2007 report are still in operation while others have sprung up in the capital and elsewhere in the country.

These detention facilities operate completely outside China’s judicial system– they have no legal basis in Chinese law.

The interception and detention of petitioners, in most cases involving beating and other forms of mistreatment, are carried out not by law enforcement officers, but by government officials. However, these operations take place under the eyes of the police, and often with their active cooperation. Detainees could be held incommunicado for months without charge, trial or access to legal counsel.

Evidence suggests that this shadowy system of interception of petitioners and their detention in black jails have become increasingly extensive and systematic. The establishment of centralized black jails for petitioners from all over the country, such as Ma Jia Lou and Jiu Jing Zhuang in Beijing would not be possible without some form of approval and possibly assistance from the Beijing municipal government. The fact that petitioners, once intercepted and detained in these centralized black jails, are then taken away by interceptors from their local jurisdiction and forcibly returned to their home towns or villages, also point to a well-organized, coordinated and swift system to catch and punish petitioners and activists.

Besides these centralized black jails, smaller black jails are operated by local officials from provincial and municipal governments. In Beijing, these officials have used their liaison offices or rented spaces as temporary detention and interrogation centers for petitioners from their local areas. Petitioners detained in these black jails are forcibly escorted by interceptors back to their home provinces where they could be further detained in local black jails. (to be cont’d)

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China: Two Old Women Sentenced to Re-education Through Labor After Applying to Demonstrate in Beijing Olympics “Protest Zones”

Posted by Author on August 21, 2008

Human Rights in China, August 19, 2008-

Human Rights in China has learned that Beijing petitioners Wu Dianyuan (吴殿元) and Wang Xiuying (王秀英) have been ordered to serve a one-year term of Reeducation-Through-Labor (RTL) after repeatedly applying for permits to hold demonstrations in the Beijing “protest zones” during the Olympics. Wu and Wang have both been actively petitioning the government since they were forcibly evicted from their homes in Beijing in 2001.

“Punishing Wu and Wang after they applied for protest permits and actively petitioned the government demonstrates that the official statements touting the new Olympics ‘protest zones,’ as well as the permit application process, were no more than a show,” said Human Rights in China Executive Director Sharon Hom. “The record speaks for itself: in addition to retaliatory actions, despite numerous applications made, no approvals for demonstrations have been reported.”

Wu Dianyuan’s son, Li Xuehui (李学惠), told Human Rights in China that Wu, 79, and Wang, 77, went to the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau (PSB) Security Administration Unit (北京市公安局治安管理总队) five times between August 5 and August 18 to apply for permits to demonstrate in the newly-designed “protest zones.” The two women, who used to be neighbors, applied to demonstrate against the forced eviction from their homes in 2001. Wu and Wang’s application was neither granted nor denied on each of their five trips to the Security Administration Unit. On August 5, the two were held by PSB officers and interrogated for 10 hours.

On August 17, Wu and Wang each received an RTL decision dated July 30 from the RTL commission of the Beijing Municipal Government (北京市人民政府劳动教养管理委员会). The decisions order them to serve one year of RTL for “disturbing the public order,” from July 30, 2008 to July 29, 2009. The decision states the term will be served outside the RTL camp, but also places restrictions on movement and stipulates that if provisions of the decision or other regulations are violated, they will be sent to the RTL camp.

When Wu and Wang returned to the Security Administration Unit on August 18, they were told by the PSB officers on duty that since they had received the RTL decision the day before, they now had no right to apply for the demonstration protest.

– Original:Two Beijing Residents Sentenced to Reeducation-Through-Labor After Applying for Permits to Demonstrate in Olympics “Protest Zones”

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Human Rights Situation in China Worsens as Bush Calls for a More Open Society

Posted by Author on August 8, 2008

Human Rights in China, August 07, 2008-

On the eve of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, as President Bush urges Chinese leaders to grant greater freedom to the people of China, sources from within the country have informed Human Rights in China that Chinese authorities continue to detain, harass, coerce, and monitor rights defenders and dissidents in different parts of China.

In the cases documented by Human Rights in China, lawyers, academics, scholars, petitioners, and rights activists have been put under strict surveillance. In several instances, they have been told that they are being monitored so that they cannot go to Beijing during the Olympics.

“These cases, where the police employed the same method of constant surveillance, reveal the authorities’ systematic strategy for dealing with rights defenders and dissidents,” said Human Rights in China Executive Director Sharon Hom. “In order to ensure a ‘Safe Olympics,’ the Chinese authorities have put society under a virtual lockdown. The Beijing Olympics is in danger of going down in history as the ‘Olympics of Fear.'”

Recent activity by Chinese authorities to control rights defenders and dissidents is described in the cases below.

* The Beijing Municipal police have been constantly harassing Beijing lawyers since the end of July.

Jiang Tianyong (江天勇) informed Human Rights in China that many lawyers are being followed by police. Some of them, including Jiang and Li Xiongbing (黎雄兵), have decided to leave the city during the Games. Another lawyer, Li Fangping (李方平), also told Human Rights in China that he and Li Heping (李和平) will leave the city to avoid such close surveillance. Li said that the current atmosphere in Beijing is one of “extreme anxiety.”

o For more information about lawyers in China, see: “Rights Lawyers Prevented from Meeting U.S. Congressmen,” July 1, 2008,; “Chinese Authorities Abuse Licensing System to Harass Rights Defenders,” June 02, 2008,; “Take Action for Lawyers in China,”

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China: ‘Retrievers’ keep petitioners off Beijing streets for Olympics

Posted by Author on August 6, 2008

Chris O’Brien, Washington Times, USA, Wednesday, August 6, 2008-

BEIJING – The street outside the State Bureau of Letters and Visits in the south of Beijing is packed with about 200 unconvincing actors.

Most are middle-aged men, and some are armed with sightseeing props: crumpled tourist maps of the capital and Beijing 2008 Olympic T-shirts. Yet they spend all day in the same spot, sitting on foldaway stools, chatting and smoking. Others wait at a line of bus stops, spurning every bus that passes.

These “retrievers,” as they are known, are local officials, plainclothes police officers or simply heavies hired by local governments to do their dirty work.

They have a common goal: Round up and return petitioners who have traveled to Beijing to file complaints of injustice and corruption against government officials in their home provinces.

Their numbers have swollen in recent weeks because of an additional motivation: an order by the Beijing government to rid the streets of petitioners before the Olympic Games.

The chances of petitioners resolving their cases are remote at any time of the year, said Yu Jianrong, director of the government-backed Institute of Rural Development at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

In a recent report, Mr. Yu concluded that only one petition in every 500 succeeds.

Seeking redress in the capital is a process that stretches back to imperial times, when Chinese villagers traveled hundreds of miles in an attempt to relay tales to the emperor of mistreatment at the hands of local authorities.

Hundreds of thousands of Chinese carry on the tradition every year at petition offices in Beijing, imploring the central government to come to their aid.

Observers say the practice highlights the lack of options available to ordinary Chinese battling abuse of authority at a local level and is not conducive to fostering the image of harmony China craves for the Olympics. For the duration of the games, the petitioners´ right to protest has been put on hold.

“During any political event and large-scale meeting, especially something like the Olympics, local officials are under extreme pressure not to have large numbers of petitioners in Beijing,” said Carl Minzner, an associate professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis who has studied the Chinese petitioning system.

Petitioners say police began rounding up people lining up outside petition offices in the middle of July. The Hong Kong Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy reported that 1,500 petitioners were arrested July 14 to 16.

“The police just started arresting people like crazy. The government is being much stricter this year,” said 61-year-old Ye Xin Kun from Henan province, who has been seeking justice for his wife´s wrongful imprisonment since 1996.

In the past 12 years, he said, he has been detained and sent back to his hometown on numerous occasions and sentenced to a stint of “re-education through labor.”

“A few weeks ago, there were several thousand of us in Beijing; now there are only a few hundred,” said Shaanxi-born Cheng Kun Fu, who wants file a petition claiming that a man suspected of killing his son and daughter-in-law escaped trial because he bribed local officials.

Before the Communist Party Congress opened in September, a shanty village, where petitioners huddled in tiny shacks while they waited for news of their cases, was demolished.

Petitioners are now scattered all over the southwestern district of Fengtai, many of them forced to sleep rough because the government has closed the small hostels that used to provide cheap beds.

Mr. Cheng and Mr. Ye are among a disheveled group of 70 who spend every night under Taoran Bridge on a path that runs alongside a canal.

“The police are always trying to catch us so that´s why we hide down here,” said Mr. Cheng. He said they take turns to look out for the authorities and run away at the first suspicion of danger.

Petitioners, who have been in Beijing for months, or even years, know they have almost zero chance of triumph during the Olympics……. (more details from Washington Times)

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Beijing Petitioners Welcome the Human Rights Torch Entering China

Posted by Author on March 30, 2008

All-China Alliance for Protecting Human Rights and Opposing Violence, via the Epochtimes, Mar 28, 2008-Beijing Petitioners Welcome the Human Rights Torch

Alongside Hong Kong’s ceremony to welcome the Human Rights Torch and pass it into mainland China, petitioners in Beijing have also begun to take action. Petitioners have been circulating yellow ribbons and the emblem of the Human Rights Torch bearing the slogan, “same world, same rights.”

The Chinese authorities’ fanatical arrests of petitioners and political dissidents has not died down since the last national congress. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has also tightened its control on Beijing since the Human Rights Torch entered mainland China. Currently, the number of troops stationed at Beijing’s seven “petitioners’ villages” is increasing exponentially. The Chinese regime is also sending secret agents into large groups of petitioners in an attempt to capture the organizers.

Beijing’s dissidents are also closely monitored. The internet police are further tightening their clutch. People who are maintaining contacts abroad are also receiving “special attention.” The CCP has cut off many overseas connections to the mainland.

Beijing citizens and petitioners from all over the country have refused to surrender even when faced with the CCP’s brutal totalitarianism. Although monitored by the Beijing police, the petitioners have still managed to circulate thousands of yellow ribbons and flyers regarding the Human Rights Torch throughout China. The news of the Human Rights Torch entering China is becoming increasingly well known!

Foreign reporters and officials in Beijing are becoming increasingly aware of the situation. The reporters are now launching “guerrilla warfare” with the Public Security Bureau by advancing deep into the centralized regions of petitioners to capture breaking news. The Chinese police are working frantically to control these reporters, but such “offenses” keep increasing. As the Olympic Games is drawing near and more voice their protests against tyranny, the authorities are becoming even more hysterical as they gradually lose control of the situation.

The Chinese citizens are placing high bets this time. Since the communists won’t allow the citizens a chance for freedom, the citizens aren’t backing down. Currently the most famous slogan in Beijing is “Screw the Beijing Olympics!” The citizens all spoke angrily, “The Olympics is but a pretense! Since when did the CCP ever treat the citizens right? As if the corrupt government has not exploited us enough, now they want to use the name of the Olympics to destroy us. This time, they will not have their ways.”

Report from the Epochtimes

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China Detains 1,000 Petitioners in Beijing Ahead of Parliament

Posted by Author on March 6, 2008

Radio Free Asia, Mar. 4, 2008-

HONG KONG—Authorities in the Chinese capital have detained around 1,000 people with grievances against the government ahead of the country’s annual parliament which opens in Beijing Wednesday, petitioners told RFA’s Mandarin service.

“I’d say there were more than 1,000 petitioners from across the country in Majialou,” Huang Caipiao, a petitioner from the southeastern province of Fujian, said after being sent to the unofficial detention center for petitioners south of the city.

“There was no one listening to our grievances there,” said Huang, who was intercepted by Beijing police Monday as he headed towards the national prosecution service, the Supreme Procuratorate.

Huang, who was being held in a Beijing hotel by police from his hometown when he spoke to reporter Han Qing, said he was waiting to be sent back to his hometown of Lianjiang.

Huang, a shrimp farmer seeking compensation for business losses following his forced eviction, has made 15 petitioning trips to the capital, yielding nothing but a year in jail.

“Now I have lost all hope,” said Huang, whose story is becoming increasingly familiar across China as local officials and big business cash in on soaring land values, pushing rural families from the land with little or no compensation.

Detained in ‘study group’

Lin Xiuli, a petitioner from the eastern city of Qingdao, was caught by officials from her hometown Monday in Beijing as she tried to petition the Supreme Court, on the other side of Tiananmen Square from the parliament buildings.

She was immediately sent back to Qingdao and is now being detained at a “study class for petitioners.”

“My misfortunes began in 2003,” Lin said. “I was pushed from the sixth floor of a building. But the perpetrators were acquitted by the courts.”

“China’s law proclaims human rights, freedom, and equality before the law. But why have the perpetrators not been brought to justice? Why has there been no trial for them? Why am I still detained?”

Online civil rights campaigner Huang Qi, who runs the Web site, said authorities had stepped up efforts to sweep petitioners off the streets of the capital ahead of the National People’s Congress (NPC), which begins March 5.

“There has been a drastic increase in the numbers of petitioners going to Beijing this year,” Huang Qi said. “Likewise, there has been an increased response to intercept them by the authorities.”

Letter to leaders

Around 1,200 petitioners wrote an open letter to the NPC, which debates policy but has no history of challenging the ruling Communist Party, calling for greater recognition of the rights violations they say they suffered at the hands of officials.

Several hundred petitioners were broken up by police by the Gongyi East overpass as they tried to hold a roadside meeting with foreign journalists. Some were detained and taken to the unofficial detention center at Majialou to await forcible removal to their hometowns.

“There is nowhere for us to tell our tales of injustice,” one of them comments on a video of the meeting. Another: “There are millions of officials on our back; we are truly wronged.” Then suddenly, “Quick, get out of here. It’s not safe anymore!”

Meanwhile, petitioners who tried to deliver calcium-enriched baby milk formula to Zeng Jinyan, the wife of detained AIDS and civil rights activist Hu Jia, were turned away at the door by national security police.

Zeng, who has been under house arrest at the couple’s Beijing apartment together with her three-month old daughter, is unable to communicate with the outside world by telephone or Internet.

Meanwhile, police in the northern province of Hebei, which surrounds Beijing, arrested Zheng Mingfang, another rights activist who has called frequently for Hu Jia’s release. Zheng’s husband told RFA Monday from their home in Ji county that police didn’t show arrest warrants when they took his wife away.

“I don’t expect to see her before the Olympic Games,” he said.

The first session of the 11th NPC will open March 5, with deputies from all of China’s provinces, autonomous regions, and munipalities, Hong Kong, Macau, and the People’s Liberation Army.

By Tuesday, 1.5 million Internet users had posted messages for China’s leaders on the Web site of the official Xinhua News Agency, the agency said.

Around 300,000 questions and offers of advice were listed, including complaints about pensions for the elderly and comments about the government’s handling of the severe snows that battered much of the country during the Lunar New Year holiday period last month.

Originla report from Radio Free Asia

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Beijing Evicted Households Condemn China Communist Regime’s Groundless Suppression (MP3)

Posted by Author on February 14, 2008

by Chris Thomas, Sound of Hope Radio News, February 13th, 2008-

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A number of rural farmers from Da-Tun and Wali Village in Chaoyang District, Beijing, told reporters that properties of many farmers in suburban Beijing had been forcibly levied and dismantled by the Chinese Government. However, the authorities failed to make reasonable compensation and resettlement. Although they have repeatedly appealed to authorities, they have been groundlessly suppressed.

When asked how they spent the New Year, Li Yu-Kui, a rural resident from Wali Village of Chaoyang District, expressed sorrowfully that his inherited estate was arbitrarily brought down for nearly five years and the problem still remains undissolved. Without income and depending on aid from relatives and friends, they have no home to return to, not to mention the New Year. He said “I have two commercial shops with business licences that paid the state tax in time. Without assessment, or court verdict or any kind of compensation, my assets were seized. To report this grievance and wrongs to the Party’s Central Committee, and the State Council, I had been detained numerous times and was twice sent to forced labour camps.”

A former rural resident of Da-Tun Village, Lu Qing-Cheng revealed that after his property was forcibly dismantled in 2001, he went to appeal to the Central Government (located in Zhong-Nan-Hai) with another six evicted households. Consequently, over twenty of us were seized and detained for eight days, including a six-year old. He stated that it is like this in China, they would simply ignore you if you appeal, and if you sue them, the court would not accept your file. They allotted me the worst unit with no sunshine and the walls were tilted. I turned it down. They then offered me a relatively decent place. But the building with no drawings was not even registered by the government, and it can’t be found over the Internet. It was privately built without state approval, called “the bean curb dregs”.

Another rural resident of Wali Village, Li Xinyuan indicated that his property was demolished with a compensation of only 50,000 yuan offered. He said: “The Government offered me 50,000 yuan, and that is not sufficient to cover our overhead. At the time, I had two school-aged children, and the prices are so high. What is there for me to buy a house?”

According to reports, many farmers from Wali Village and Da-Tun Village of Chaoyang District have been experiencing a troubled life since the forced evictions that caused them to lose sources of livelihood, and they are unable to buy new houses.

The above new is brought to you by Lu Fang, Chen Jie-Cai, and hosted by Chris Thomas for Breaking News on the SOH Radio Network.

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China Appealer Beaten to Death in Front of Supreme Court in Beijing

Posted by Author on February 7, 2008

By Gu Qing’er, The Epoch Times, Feb 05, 2008-

On February 4 at 4 p.m., three days before the Chinese New Year, appellant Li Guifen was beaten to death in front of the appeals office of the Supreme Court in Beijing.

Yu Guangzhong, an appellant from northwest China’s Xinjiang Province witnessed the incident. Yu said: “Several people beat Li in front of the appeals office until she was dead. There were many people around the scene. After the police arrived, they kept other appellants away from the scene. When I saw her, she was already dead. She was about 50 years old. Two police officers at the scene took the killer away.”

Li was disabled and walked with her two knees. She has been appealing in Beijing for a dozen years. Other appellants suspect Li was beaten to death by thugs hired by her local government to stop her from appealing. The details are unknown.

February 4 is the last day the appeals office of China’s Supreme Court receives submissions. By the afternoon, hundreds of appellants arrived at the appeals office.

Original report from the Epochtimes

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