China: Guo Qizhen allegedly ill-treated in prison

English PEN is alarmed by reports that Internet writer Guo Qizhen has been ill-treated in detention. PEN is also concerned that he has been denied family visits and access to adequate health care, in violation of Chinese and international law.

According to PEN’s information, cyber-dissident Guo Qizhen was arrested at his home on 12 May 2006 and charged with ‘inciting subversion of State power’ for his pro-democracy activities and anti-Government articles published on overseas websites. He was sentenced to four years in prison on 16 October 2006.

Guo was suffering from a broken leg at the time of his arrest, and his health has reportedly deteriorated in prison due to lack of adequate health care and ill-treatment. On 17 April 2007, he was transferred to the No.4 Prison in Shijiazhuang, the capital city of Hebei Province, where he was denied family visits until 18 June 2007. When his wife was finally able to see him, she reported that he had sustained serious bruising as a result of alleged beatings by fellow in-mates, orchestrated by prison guards.

Please send appeals:


– Expressing serious concerns about the health and well-being of Guo Qizhen, and urging that his basic rights are respected, including full access to his family and all necessary medical care whilst in detention,

– Calling on the authorities to investigate the alleged beatings suffered in prison and bring those responsible to account;

– Protesting the detention of Internet writer Guo Qizhen and calling for his immediate and unconditional release in accordance with Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which China became a signatory in 1998.
Appeals to:

His Excellency Hu Jintao
President of the People’s Republic of China
State Council
Beijing 100032
Procurator General Mr. Jia Chunwang
Supreme People’s Procuratorate
Beiheyan Street 147
100726 Beijing

Please note that there are no fax numbers for the Chinese authorities. It may be more effective to forward the above appeals via the Chinese representatives in London:

Her Excellency Mrs Fu Ying
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
49-51 Portland Place
London W1B 4JL

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