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PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA:
NGO WORKER PRISON VISIT DENIED FOR MONTHS

Update info:
29 Nov 2018 (Updated)
Latest info:
14 Jun 2017 (Updated)
5 Apr 2017
Country:
PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Subject:
Lee Ming-cheh
Gender m:
Period:
2 Jan 2019
Distribution date:
29 Nov 2018
UA No:
071/2017

Taiwanese activist Lee Ming-che, the first foreign NGO worker detained after China’s new Foreign NGO Management Law came into effect, has been sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for “subverting state power”. His family is not allowed to see him since the last prison visit on 10 September 2018. His whereabouts remain uncertain.

Taiwanese activist Lee Ming-che, along with co-defendant and Chinese citizen Peng Yuhua, was sentenced to imprisonment for “subverting state power” in November 2017 by an Intermediate People’s Court in Hunan province. Lee Ming-che has supported civil society organizations and activists for many years and was visiting China for personal matters when he was detained by state security authorities on 19 March 2017.

Lee Ming-che’s wife held a press conference in Taipei on 10 November 2018, revealing that Chinese authorities have denied her application to visit her husband for two months in a row. This comes amid concerns about Lee Ming-che’s health and rumours that he has been transferred multiple times to different prisons without explanation.

Without any explanation on prison transfers in such a short period of time and on the rejections or postponements of visiting requests, there is serious concern about Lee Ming-che’s health and his treatment in prison. Failure to facilitate regular contact between Lee Ming-che and his family or allow him to notify his family about transfers to other institutions is a breach of international standards on the treatment of prisoners.

Take action

Please write immediately in Chinese, English or your own language urging the authorities to:

  • Immediately and unconditionally release Lee Ming-che as he has been imprisoned solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression and has committed no crime;
  • Pending his release, ensure that Lee Ming-che is protected from torture and other ill-treatment, and that he has regular, unrestricted access to family and medical care on request or as necessary while in detention

PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 2 JANUARY 2019 TO:
Director
Liang Weixin
Hunan Chishan Prison
101 Mailbox, Yuanjiang Shi,
Nanzui Zhen, Yiyang Shi, 413104 Hunan Sheng
People’s Republic of China
Tel: +86 0737 2286311
Salutation: Dear Director

Minister of Justice
Fu Zhenghua
Ministry of Justice
No. 6 Nan Dajie Chaoyang Men
Beijingshi 100020
People’s Republic of China
Salutation: Dear Minister

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.

Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date. This is the fourth update of UA 71/17. Further information: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/asa17/7334/2017/en/