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[Press Release] DEMAND RELEASE OF WOMEN’S RIGHTS ACTIVISTS IN CHINA
新婦女協進會 The Association for the Advancement of Feminism (AAF)
國際特赦組織香港分會 Amnesty International Hong Kong
職工盟婦女事務委員會Women's Affair Committee of Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions
大專同志行動 Action Q
Five young women activists have been criminally detained in China on suspicion of ‘picking quarrels and provoking troubles’ after planning events calling for an end to sexual harassment to mark International Women’s Day. They could face up to five years in prison if convicted.
Wei Tingting, Wang Man, Li Tingting (aka Li Maizi) and Zheng Churan (aka Da Tu) were detained by police on 6 March and Wu Rongrong the following day. On 12 March they were criminally detained on suspicion of ‘picking quarrels and provoking troubles’, a charge often used in China to suppress human rights defenders and activists and which can lead to a sentence of up to five years in prison. The authorities can now hold the women for up to 37 days before deciding whether to formally charge them. A lawyer was able to visit them for the first time on 12 March at Haidian Police Station in Beijing, after previously being told they were not being held there.
The authorities confiscated the women’s computers, phones, and materials for events they were planning to mark International Women’s Day. Police also raided Weizhiming Women Center office in Hangzhou, a women’s rights NGO that Wu Rongrong founded and where Zheng Churan and Li Tingting are staff.
All of the women are members of Women’s Rights Action Group which advocates women’s rights and campaigns against gender discrimination. Some of them also work on LGBTI issues. They were planning to hold public events calling for an end to sexual harassment on public transportation in several cities in China on 7 March. They had made stickers printed with “Stop sexual harassment, let us stay safe” and “Go police go, arrest those who committed sexual harassment!” which they planned to distribute at the events.
We collected 2033 personal signatures and 71 organizations’ cosign, we demand,
1. The authorities immediately and unconditionally release Wu Rongrong, Zheng Churan, Li Tingting, Wei Tingting and Wang Man;
2. Calling on them to ensure that pending their release, they all have regular, unrestricted access to their lawyers and family, to any medical treatment they may require, and are protected from torture and other ill-treatment.