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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.

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This petition was delivered to:
  • Ministry of Health of People's Republic of China,
    Minister Wu Yi
  • Chair-Rapporteur, United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention
    Mr. Malick El Hadji Sow
  • UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
    Mr. Juan Méndez

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