Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that three petitioners, Du Yangming, Wang Shuizhen and Tian Baocheng, are scheduled to appear in Shanghai’s Zhabei District People’s Court on November 8 and 9 on charges of “causing a disturbance.” All three were detained and charged in connection with their activities around the time of the meeting of the intergovernmental Shanghai Cooperation Organization in June.
Wang Shuizhen was detained on June 5 while on her way to accompany lawyer Zheng Enchong’s wife, Jiang Meili, to Tilanqiao Prison to await Zheng’s release upon completion of his three-year prison sentence on charges of revealing state secrets overseas. Wang was formally arrested in early July. She previously served two years in prison for “causing a disturbance” when in April 2003 she refused to undergo ideological training as ordered by her local housing committee chairman.
Tian Baocheng and his wife Zhang Cuiping were detained on June 2, after which Tian was formally charged with “causing a disturbance” on July 8, and Zhang was sentenced to 18 months of RTL. Both Tian and Zhang had previously served terms of RTL in 2003, and during his detention, Tian was reportedly subjected to serious physical abuse that resulted in the loss of two teeth and multiple injuries to his head, chest, arms and legs.
Sources say that neither Du, Wang nor Tian can afford a lawyer, and will be defended by court-appointed counsel. However, family members report that they have been unable to talk to or meet with the lawyers. Wang Shuizhen’s husband requested a copy of the indictment against Wang from her lawyer after the court refused to provide it to him. The lawyer reportedly also refused to assist him, saying, “That’s up to the government—don’t bother me!” Du Yangming’s lawyer, who reportedly kept putting off a visit to Du in prison, was recently involved in a traffic accident and as a result is not expected to see Du at all before the trial.
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HRIC is deeply concerned that petitioners Du Yangming, Wang Shuizhen and Tian Baocheng do not have effective representation for their upcoming criminal trial, and deplores the abusive treatment they and other petitioners have suffered in detention. Only by addressing the serious social problems fueling social unrest, and respecting the legal rights of citizens, can the central government promote a truly stable “harmonious society.” HRIC calls upon the