Advocate Against One-Child Policy Imprisoned Again
ICC Note: Chinese advocate Mao Hengfeng sent to Labor camp
5/21/10 China (ChinaAid) - On the afternoon of May 17, Mao Hengfeng’s husband Wu Xuewei received a letter from her at the Women’s Re-education through Labor Center, asking her husband to hire an attorney as soon as possible. Dr Li Baiguang, one of the top human rights attorneys in China, has now taken up her case.
Wu Xuewei received a call from Shanghai Municipal Re-education through Labor Center on the afternoon of May 17, informing him that his wife Mao Hengfeng had been sent to Shanghai Municipal Women’s Re-education through Labor on April 26 and stayed there for a day. On April 27, she was transferred to Brigade 4 of Hefei Women’s Re-education through Labor in Anhui province.
This is only the most recent development in her heartbreaking story of persecution. Twenty years ago, Mao Hengfeng was forced to abort her second child. Since then, she has become a strong voice for human rights and a staunch opponent against China's One Child policy. She may have experienced more years of detention, imprisonment, and labor camp than any other petitioner in China.
Mao Hengfeng was kidnapped recently from Beijing before the opening of the Shanghai World Expo. Her attorney, Dr. Li, said the government tried to buy Mao Hengfeng's silence and exile her out of the country before the World Expo opening. They offered her a few million US dollars for compensation of her past two decades of suffering. She declined this bribery, however, and was secretly sent to labor camp, where she has been held until today.
Her husband says her latest sentence is for at least 1 and 1/2 years of Re-education Through Labor. Police told Wu Xuewei his wife had to be punished harshly, because she was guilty of "disturbing public order" on December 25, when she attended a rally outside a Beijing courthouse with dozens of petitioners to show solidarity with dissident Liu Xiaobo during his trial.