Target: Minister of Public Security Guo Shengkun Buzhang
Goal: Release human rights activist Du Bin from prison
A Chinese photographer and human rights activist is being held in a Chinese prison on suspicion of ‘picking quarrels and making trouble’. These charges are most likely related to his work as a human rights activist. There is also considerable evidence that he may be at risk of torture and other ill treatment. This man must immediately be released from Chinese custody and allowed to pursue his activist activities.
Du Bin is a photographer, writer and the director of a recent documentary film about conditions at China’s Masanjia Womens’ Re-education through Labour Camp. It is likely that his work on this documentary film led to his arrest. Mr. Bin is being held at the Fengtai police station in Beijing after being arrested by plain-clothes police officers at his home. The police removed documents and computers from Mr. Bin’s home. Mr. Bin was initially arrested for ‘disturbing order at a public place’ that allows the Chinese government to hold an individual for up to 15 days.
Du Bin was held incommunicado for over two weeks until his family was finally able to visit him at the Fengtai police station. It was at this time that his charge was changed to ‘picking quarrels and making trouble’. This charge can lead to a prison sentence of up to five years. Mr. Bin has not shown any signs of torture but the use of torture against those in detention is common and often used as punishment for political and human rights activism. Sign this petition and demand that the Chinese government immediately and unconditionally release Du Bin from custody.
Dear Minister Guo Shengkun Buzhang,
The detention of human rights activist Du Bin has violated both your country’s laws and international regulations. By holding him incommunicado for over two weeks, your government is in violation of Mr. Bin’s human rights. I ask that you allow Mr. Bin a fair trial that adheres to international regulations with legal representation of his choosing.
The continual oppression of political and human rights activists in your country is a disturbing trend. Allowing for free speech will grow your country’s economy as well as strengthen the social bonds among your people. I urge you to immediately and unconditionally release Du Bin to the care of his family before any harm comes to him.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: via Wikimedia Commons