Target: Supreme Court of the People’s Republic of China
Goal: Spare woman who shot her husband in self-defense from execution
Li Yan, a Chinese woman from Sichuan, will be executed any day because she shot her husband dead after a long and painful struggle with this merciless man who exploited her rights and peace in life using violence. Killing her husband was the last resort for Li Yan. She tried seeking help from local authorities after being unjustly abused, but the only thing that the government officials did was to collect photos of Li Yan’s face, burnt by her husband’s cigarette butts. They did not take any further action to actually save Li Yan from the hell that she had been living in for months.
Li Yan’s husband corrupted the holiness of marriage by treating the one woman whom he pledged to love for the rest of his life in an intolerable manner. He ruined her physical and mental state, pushing her towards the brink of a breakdown. He even locked Li Yan out in the balcony with hardly any clothes on in the freezing cold.
China has always been notorious for its corrupt government and incompetence in dealing with domestic violence issues. In a patriarchal country that honors men’s interests at the expense of women, Li Yan is merely one of the many women who are subjected to unfair sentencing because they have nowhere to hide and no one to seek protection from. By taking the one choice that life has given them, to end the suffering on their own, they bet their lives, even if it means execution.
Murder is, of course, a crime itself, and Li Yan ought to be punished for her wrongdoing. The Chinese government should carry out a thorough research, collect more evidence and commute the sentence. Li Yan is a victim and executing her won’t do any good to the general progress of human rights, gender equality and the fight against domestic violence in China.
By signing the petition below you will help urge the Supreme Court of the People’s Republic of China to commute Li Yan’s sentence by conducting a thorough investigation into the case.
Dear President Wang Shengjun,
The planned execution of Li Yan must be aborted. The crime that Li Yan has committed is not reason enough to deprive her of the right to live. Please amend the verdict and judge the case fairly.
Li Yan shot her husband dead not because of hatred, maliciousness, or infidelity in her marriage. She had pledged strong loyalty to her husband even when all she got in return was physical violence, mental torture, and a disillusioned picture of perfect marriage. Li Yan deserves a re-sentencing given that her husband’s violence contributed to the tragedy.
I am urging you to commute Li Yan’s sentence by looking into the case in a more thorough manner and collecting real evidence that ultimately determines the verdict.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Li Yan via womennewsnetwork.net