‘POLITICAL CRIMES’ MAKE A COMEBACK IN CHINA

Washington Free Beacon on January 15, 2015, reported that Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) says at least 22 political activists have been charged with “inciting subversion of state power” and “subversion of state power” since May 2014. Excerpts below:

While authorities had begun to issue less politically motivated charges between 2012 and the start of 2014 such as “disrupting” public order—“perhaps to try to avoid both domestic and international criticism of clear political suppression,” CHRD suspects—explicit political prosecutions have returned.

A resurgence in political charges against HRDs has been observed especially with the crackdowns around the 25th June Fourth anniversary and on mainland supporters of the Hong Kong protests.

In addition, Hangzhou police have been holding two individuals affiliated with the banned China Democracy Party—Chen Shuqing and Lü Gengsong—on charges of “subversion of state power” since September 2014.

According to a report in 2014 Shi Genyuan , who posted provocative political comments online, has been forcibly committed in the mental health ward of the Quanzhou City No. 3 Hospital in Fujian Province since being seized from his home on June 3.

Nurses there have said that despite Shi’s lack of consent to his detention, only Quanzhou national security officials can approve his release. After being threatened by national security officers, Shi’s family has stopped actively seeking his release nor allowed his friends to retain a lawyer for Shi. In May 2013, national security officers arrested Shi, a businessman, on a charge of “inciting subversion of state power” in retaliation for his views that he expressed online.

Also, the outspoken human rights lawyer, who has been detained since May 2014, is facing a concocted charge of “inciting separatism,” another serious political offense, among four total charges.

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