Target: Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, High Commissioner of UN Council on Human Rights
Goal: End unfair treatment of female Chinese activists.
Female Chinese activists are being detained and mistreated at an alarming rate. Chinese authorities in Beijing’s district of Haidian, appalled by women’s rights activists and their plans to raise public awareness about sexual harassment, are charging activists with “causing a disturbance,” and then denying them medication, access to lawyers and subjecting them to late-night interrogations.
The political unrest began when women’s rights activists planned to protest in the district of Haidan following International Women’s Day on March 8th. All of the women were detained, with five of them being released shortly thereafter. However, five activists remained in detention where they faced cruel treatment and exhaustive punishments for their so-called crime.
Two activist sisters are currently being treated for chronic liver disease and a heart condition after they were forced to sleep on the floor of their cells and were denied access to medications. Also, both women were subjected to lengthy, late-night interrogations, which aggravated their health situations further.
According to a recent dispatch report by Human Rights Watch, Chinese authorities have become dangerously apathetic to the health and welfare of their detainees. Just last year, activist Cao Shunli was denied adequate medical care during her months in detention and died as a result of it. And, another imprisoned activist, Chen Kegui, was denied emergency surgery for severe appendicitis and his family was inhumanely attacked and beaten by Chinese authorities while he perished in jail.
Currently, the country’s authorities and its government have ignored their recent legal commitments to improve the treatment of detainees through needed rest during interrogations and better access to lawyers. Despite outcries from the United States and European Union to release the female activists, the Chinese government continues to support the mistreatment of these women’s rights advocates and plans to enforce strict punishments for their menial crimes.
Sign the petition to urge the United Nations’ High Commissioner, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, to pressure Chinese authorities to release the innocent activists.
Dear High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein,
Female Chinese activists, who tried to raise public awareness about sexual harassment following International Women’s Day, were detained recently and mistreated in jail. Wu Rongrong, sisters Li Tingting and Wei Tingting, Wang Man, and Zheng Churan are currently being held on charges of “causing a disturbance” by Chinese authorities.
The Chinese government and its law enforcement authorities have a long history of mistreating activists that have been detained: denying them medical treatment and operations, keeping them away from friends, family and even their lawyers, and attacking their family members and spouses are just a few of the atrocities committed.
Currently, activist sisters Li Tingting and Wei Tingting are suffering unfairly at the hands of Chinese authorities after being denied access to medication and being forced to sleep on the floor of their cells.
Countless activists have died at the hands of Chinese authorities and the same fate is in store for these female activists if they aren’t saved now. I urge you to put pressure on the Chinese government and its authorities to release these innocent women’s activists immediately and encourage them to uphold their legal commitments to improving the treatment of detainees.
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