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Trial date scheduled for Chinese artist

AI-Index: 17/044/2010

The trial for Chinese artist and activist Wu Yuren has now been scheduled to take place on 17 November at Wenyuhe Court in Beijing. Wu Yuren was detained in May, and allegedly beaten by the police. He has been denied access to medical treatment.

The trial for Wu Yuren is to begin at 9.30 on 17 November at Wenyuhe Court where he will face charges of “obstructing public service”. The hearing will be public but the court has informed Wu Yuren’s lawyer that, due to the courtroom being “too small”, he can only have one person in addition to his lawyer present in the courtroom.

Wu Yuren has been in police detention since 31 May. After accompanying a friend to the police station to assist him in filing a complaint against his landlord, Wu Yuren was taken away by four or five policemen and allegedly beaten and kept in detention within the police station. The next morning, his friend saw him briefly and noticed that one of Wu Yuren’s arms was completely limp. During a meeting with Wu Yuren, his lawyer also observed injuries allegedly inflicted through beatings. The authorities have refused to investigate the allegations of beatings and have denied him access to medical assessment and treatment.

Wu Yuren is a prominent artist and also a signatory of Charter ’08, a petition co-authored by 2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Liu Xiaobo, calling for legal and political reform in China to establish a democratic system that respects human rights.

 

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Liu Xiaobo's Nobel Peace Prize award has put the international spotlight on persecution by the Chinese authorities of individuals who peacefully exercise their rights, including expressing their political views. Liu Xiaobo was sentenced in December 2008 to 11 years in jail for “inciting subversion of state power”, after an unfair trial.

According to Article 18 of China’s Criminal Procedure Law, the People’s Procuratorate is responsible for monitoring places of detention and investigating and prosecuting crimes committed by state functionaries. In 2006 the Supreme People’s Procuratorate announced the nationwide implementation of video-taping of all interrogations of criminal suspects by the end of
2007.

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