LIU PING, CHINA
Human rights campaigner Liu Ping was sentenced to more than six years in prison in 2014, after organizing an event which called on the Chinese government to step up its fight against corruption. She is one of many people persecuted and detained for their links with the New Citizens’ Movement, a loose network of human rights activists in China.
Liu Ping has tried to tackle corruption by pushing for government officials to make their assets – things like property and investments – public. In her trial, she was found guilty of ‘picking quarrels and provoking troubles’, ‘gathering a crowd to disturb order in a public place’, and even ‘using an evil cult to undermine law enforcement’. What’s more, Liu Ping stated in court that she was tortured in pre-trial detention, including having her head banged against metal bars.
Liu Ping’s sentence is part of a wider crackdown on the New Citizens’ Movement, which encourages people to participate in society and hold meetings to discuss social issues. Her case highlights the hypocrisy of Chinese government officials, who claim to be clamping down on corruption yet persecute those who try to expose it.
Let’s get justice for Liu Ping. Write to the Chinese President today, demanding that he release her immediately.
Write to the Chinese President
Call for the immediate and unconditional release of Liu Ping, and highlight the hypocrisy of imprisoning an activist for demanding greater transparency at the same time as claiming to be clamping down on corruption.
Write to: President Xi Jinping, The State Council General Office, 2 Fuyoujie, Xichengqu, Beijingshi 100017, People’s Republic of China
Fax: +86 10 6238 1025
Write a letter of support to Liu Ping
It’s Liu Ping’s 50th birthday on 2 December, so please send a birthday message to her in prison. You can also upload photos and birthday messages to our Tumblr page: messagesforliuping.tumblr.com.
Write to: Liu Ping, Jiangxi Nanchang Women’s Prison, 630 Changzheng Road, Zhang Leng County, Nanchang City, Jiangxi Province, 330100, People’s Republic of China
Index: ASA 17/040/2014