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ICC Note: A well-known Christian human rights activist in China, Ni Yulan, has been harrassed, tortured, and imprisoned by the Chinese government for more than a decade. One of these beatings left her permenantly without the full use of her legs and she is currently serving a two-and-a-half year sentence for “causing a disturbance”. Authorities in China recently refused a request for medical parole for Ni Yulan despite her suffering from major health issues.  
7/7/2013 China (CSW) – Imprisoned Chinese housing rights activist Ni Yulan has been denied medical parole despite suffering from a number of serious health problems including an untreated thyroid tumour, her daughter has said. Ni, who is a Christian, is serving a two-and-a-half-year sentence for “causing a disturbance”.
Ni began practising law in 1986. She worked on a variety of rights-related cases, including a number relating to religious freedom. From 2001 onwards she specialized in housing rights. In 2002, she was beaten and tortured for more than 50 hours while in police detention. As a result, she has been left permanently disabled and is unable to walk without crutches.
After her release, Ni continued to represent petitioners, despite having been disbarred, and was detained on several occasions between 2004 and 2008. On 14 April 2010, Ni was released but left homeless, living with her husband in a donated tent near Tiananmen Square. On 7 April 2011 Ni and her husband were detained by police and she was formally charged with “provoking trouble” in 2012.
In October 2012 Ni’s family and lawyer submitted an application for medical parole which the authorities rejected in March 2013. On a visit to Ni in June this year, her daughter noticed that an untreated thyroid tumour detected in 2012 had swollen considerably.

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