Free Cheng Jianping, human rights defender in Chinese Labour Camp
Cheng Jianping is a 46-year-old life-long human rights activist in China.
On the 28th October, she was set to marry her fiance, Hua Chunhui, also a human rights defender.
On the same day, Cheng was arrested and sentenced to a year of Laojiao - education through labour - for 'disturbing social order'. Her crime was to send out one tweet which mocked a protest orchestrated by the Chinese government.
Cheng is totally devoted to social activism and was working without income, reportedly lived on instant noodles as her main food.
Cheng's arrest is widely seen as a reaction by the Chinese authorities to her longterm activist work, and quite possibly her relationship with her activist fiance. On their wedding day, both Cheng and Hua Chunhui were arrested. But Hua was released 5 days later. He hasn't seen Cheng since their wedding day.
So Cheng Jiaping, alias @wangyio09 on twitter, now faces a year or more of Laoliao (re-education in a labour camp). After she was convicted on the 15th November, Cheng began a hunger strike. Her fiance, friends and family do not know if she is still on hunger strike, as they are not allowed to visit her.
According to Hua, his fiance suffered tubercular pleurosy not so long ago and he is gravely concerned about her health. A health check, while in custody, revealed heart disease, a gall stone, and high blood pressure. The ordeal of a labour camp could well be life-threatening for Cheng.
Amnesty International has called for Cheng Jiapang's release, saying that Cheng could be the first Chinese citizen to become "a prisoner of conscience on the basis of a single tweet"
Please help Cheng Jianping and support her family and friends by signing this petition to officals in China and UN Special Rapporteurs, demanding intervention to secure Cheng's immediate and unconditional release and medical attention, as well as a general improvement in the judicial system of China, to comply with international law.
I understand that the Chinese system is such that, with regard to 'Laojiao' (education through labour), people can be sentenced for up to four years, without trial. Therefore, no lawyer can intervene, there is no prosecution and no need for evidence.
I am particularly concerned for Cheng Jianping because she is said to be suffering a chronic lung condition. A health check in custody reportedly revealed heart disease, gall stone and high blood pressure. It is also thought she may still be on a hunger strike.
I respectfully request that you to do all you can to ensure that Cheng Jianping is given urgent medical treatment.
I also implore you to intervene and do all within your power to demand Cheng Jianping's immediate and unconditional release, as her detainment is an affront to human rights and dignity. I understand that Ms Cheng's only 'crime' was to 'disturb social order' by sending a tweet.
Furthermore, please also do all you can to ensure that the Chinese judicial system complies with international law, especially with regard to arbitrary detention and attention to health care of prisoners.