April 8th, 2013
Dr. Wang Bingzhang is a U.S. resident currently serving a life sentence in a Chinese prison.
Dr. Wang was a medical doctor from China who went to Canada to do graduate studies at McGill University. In 1983, Dr. Wang decided to give up a career in medicine to found the Chinese pro-democracy movement abroad. For almost 20 years, he dedicated his life to organizing and promoting pro-democracy activities in North America and around the world.
On June 27, 2002, Dr. Wang was kidnapped while meeting with labor activists in Vietnam and forced into China where he was subsequently detained by the Chinese police. After being held for six months, the Chinese government charged Dr. Wang with terrorism and espionage. He was wrongfully convicted in a closed door trial where no evidence nor witnesses were presented and sentenced to life in prison.
Since his imprisonment, Dr. Wang’s case has won the support of the American and Canadian government. The UN and Amnesty International have also intervened on his behalf. Unfortunately, Dr. Wang continues to languish in prison where he has developed several serious medical conditions including phlebitis, severe hay fever, gastritis, varicose veins and depression. He has also had three strokes.
To find out more about his case, please visit: www.wangbingzhang.org
Please sign the petition and urge the Chinese leadership to release Dr. Wang on humanitarian grounds.
Thank you for lending your voice in support of his freedom.
It is my understanding that Dr. Wang’s health has deteriorated steadily since his imprisonment in 2002. He suffers from chronic phlebitis, severe allergies, untreated depression, and has been stricken with three strokes. These ailments would be trying on anyone under any conditions, let alone on an ageing man serving his sentence in solitary confinement.
Dr. Wang has already entered his sixties and has served more than ten years in prison. Both his parents have passed away, his children have entered adulthood and he has become a grandfather to three young children.
In light of the above, I humbly lend my voice to the campaign to have Dr. Wang released for medical parole. I make my appeal primarily on humanitarian grounds. His situation resonates with me, and with the many other individuals whom I know have already expressed their concerns. Thank you for your time.