Target: Yin Yanjing, Head of Haidian Detention Center
Goal: Thank Chinese authorities for releasing five imprisoned activists on bail.
Five women’s rights activists arrested for planning to peacefully protest have been released on bail pending trial, and the police have recommended that the charges against them be downgraded to less serious offenses. The move is a major step in the right direction and is worthy of recognition. Sign the petition and thank authorities for releasing the activists.
Wei Tingting, Wang Man, Li Tingting, Zheng Churan, and Wu Rongrong became worldwide news after they were arrested for planning an event to demand an end to sexual harassment in public spaces. They were charged with “picking quarrels and provoking troubles” and were held for nearly a week before they were officially charged. They were initially denied access to legal representation and may have suffered torture and ill-treatment during their time in detention.
In the wake of international outcry and many petitions, including those featured here on ForceChange, Chinese authorities decided to release all five women. Their trial is still pending, but the police recommended that the public prosecutor change the charge from “picking quarrels and provoking troubles” to the potentially less-serious “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place.”
Although the situation has not been resolved perfectly, authorities are taking steps in the right direction. Most importantly, people around the world have shown that they will not remain silent and allow China to commit human rights offenses. Sign the petition and thank Chinese authorities for responding positively to international voices for change.
Dear Director Yin,
I am writing to thank you for your role in releasing Wei Tingting, Wang Man, Li Tingting, Zheng Churan, and Wu Rongrong from prison pending their trial. Their freedom in the time leading up to their trial represents a step in the right direction and eliminates concerns over torture and ill-treatment. Thank you for doing the right thing by these women.
Wei, Wang, Li, Zheng, and Wu were all imprisoned after they attempted to peacefully protest sexual harassment in public spaces. They were charged with “picking quarrels and provoking troubles.” However, in another promising step forward, the police have recommended that the prosecutor change the charge to the potentially less-serious “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place.”
While these are both positive developments, there is more that can be done to foster freedom and justice in China. I urge you, and all authorities, to respect the rights of both protesters and prisoners, and to continue working toward a more just and humane future.
[Your Name Here]
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