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China: Free Veteran Democracy Activist

Expand A Chinese Communist supporter (L) hurls insults to protesters as they began a march in Hong Kong January 1, 1999 calling for more democracy in China. The rally was first of a series of activities planned by pro-democracy activists in the territory to mark the 10th anniversary of Beijing s Tiananmen Square massacre. The protestor at right is carrying a portrait of jailed Chinese dissident Qin Yongmin. © 1999 Reuters (New York) – The Chinese government should immediately and unconditionally release veteran democracy activist Qin Yongmin, Human Rights Watch said today. On July 10, 2018, a court in Wuhan sentenced Qin to 13 years in prison for “subversion of state power.” Qin, 64, has previously spent a total of 22 years in prison or in Re-education Through Labor. “Qin Yongmin’s only ‘crime’ was to organize a human rights monitoring group to peacefully push for reform in China,” said Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch. “The unjust prosecution and appallingly harsh sentence demonstrate the Chinese government’s contempt for fundamental rights and the rule of law.” In January 2015, Wuhan police detained Qin Yongmin along with his wife, Zhao Suli, from their home. The police held Zhao, who was never officially accused of a crime, in an unknown location for over three years, during which she was denied access to family and lawyers. After releasing her in April 2018, authorities continued to guard Zhao’s apartment closely and tightly restrict her movements. While initially also held in an unknown location, Qin was later transferred to a detention center in Wuhan. In June 2016, prosecutors indicted Qin on charges of subversion. However, Qin was denied access to a defense lawyer  until August 2017. In 2014, Qin and other human rights activists founded the “Rose Group,” a human rights organization. Comprised mostly of people who have sought redress for abuses by local

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