Chinese Activist Released, Rights Restricted for Four More Years

Though Chinese human rights activist Li Wangyang has served 10 years in prison, his personal and political rights will be restricted for four more years - effectively silencing him and keeping him out of any positions of leadership that could pose a threat to the regime.  Human Rights in China’s full press release about Li can be read here.  Below is an excerpt. 

Hunan-based labor rights activist Li Wangyang was released today, after serving 10 years in the Hunan Provincial No. 1 Prison for “inciting subversion of state power.” His family confirmed his return to his hometown in Shaoyang, Hunan Province. Li is subjected to four years of deprivation of political rights (DPR) after his release. (See HRIC’s translation of the DPR regulation at end of this story.)

Li Wangyang is one of the earliest advocates for independent labor unions in China and, in 1989, founded the Shaoyang Autonomous Workers Union. Starting in 2000, following his release from an 11-year prison sentence for participating in the 1989 Democracy Movement, Li repeatedly petitioned the Shaoyang municipal government in Hunan Province to pay for treatment for the heart disease, neck problems, vision and hearing problems, and other health conditions he developed during his incarceration. In 2001, Li was prosecuted and convicted after declaring a hunger strike over the inadequate compensation he received and announcing his intention to bring his case to the attention of the international community. 

Regulations on the Supervision and Administration by Public Security Organs of Criminals Who Have Been Put Under Surveillance, Deprived of Political Rights, Given Reprieve, Given Parole, or Released on Bail for Medical Treatment

Article 12. Public security organs shall announce to the criminal whose political rights are being deprived that he must abide by the following provisions during the deprivation period:

1. Abide by national laws and regulations and relevant Ministry of Public Security regulations;

2. Shall not enjoy the right to vote or stand for election;

3. Shall not organize or participate in any gatherings, marches, demonstrations, or forming associations;

4. Shall not accept interviews or give speeches;

5. Shall not issue, publish, or distribute discussions, books, or recordings which are detrimental to the state’s honor and interests or otherwise endanger society domestically or abroad;

6. Shall not hold a position in any state organ;

7. Shall not hold a leadership position in any enterprise, state-run institution, or civic organization;

8. Abide by the specific supervision and administration measures set out by the public security organs.

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