Target: Li Chunsheng, Director of Guangdong Provincial Public Security Department
Goal: Release women’s rights activist charged with “inciting subversion”
Su Changlan, a well-known women’s rights activist in mainland China, has been arrested on charges of “inciting subversion” as a result of her peaceful activism. She is being held in the Nanhai District Detention Center, but she still has not been granted access to her lawyer or her family. Sign the petition and demand that she be released immediately and that the charges against her be dropped.
Su was charged with “inciting subversion” after posting a series of messages on social media expressing her support for pro-democracy rallies in Hong Kong. According to friends, she was summoned to the police station and warned not to continue her public declarations of support. She was arrested after she continued posting to social media about the protests.
In addition to Su Changlan herself, her husband Chen Dequan and her friend Chen Qitong have also both been detained. Chen Dequan was released fairly quickly, but Chen Qitong is being held in an undisclosed location. She “had been providing legal assistance” to Su according to reports.
Su was initially held in an undisclosed location, but her family was recently informed of her whereabouts. However, she is still at risk of torture and ill-treatment, and she is still being denied access to her lawyer and family. Sign the petition and demand justice not only for Su Changlan, but for Chen Qitong as well.
Dear DirectorLi Chunsheng,
I am writing to ensure the well-being and safety of Su Changlan and Chen Qitong, both of whom have been arrested for their role in the Hong Kong pro-democrary protests, Su for supporting them and Chen for acting as Su’s legal assistance. Both women are being unfairly targeted as a result of their peaceful political views, and the cases against them are flimsy at best. I therefore urge you to release the women immediately, taking steps to ensure that their treatment is in line with international human rights standards.
Su Changlan’s family has finally be informed of her location–the Nanhai District Detention Center–but they still have not been allowed to communicate with her. Su has also been prohibited from contacting her lawyer, a clear violation of her rights. Chen Qitong, on the other hand, is being held incommunicado in an undisclosed location.
Human rights activists and their family and friends fear for the health and well-being of both of woman. I urge you to do the right thing, the just thing: release the women immediately and take steps to ensure that China’s prison system is the fairest and best it can be.
[Your Name Here]
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