Mao Hengfeng Letters to Now Focus on Premier WenJiabao

We are asking everyone to change the addressee on letters advocating for Mao Hengfeng.  From April through June 2012, please send your letters to the following Chinese official:

Premier
WENJiabao Guojia Zongli
The State Council General Office
2 Fuyoujie
Xichengqu
Beijingshi 100017
PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
 
Salutation: Your Excellency
 
Here is a sample letter:
 
Your Excellency:
I am writing to express my grave concern for Mao Hengfeng, a human rights defender and mother of three who was released from detention to her family unconscious in a wheelchair.
 
Mao Hengfeng was sentenced to 18 months in Re-education Through Labor (RTL) in March 2010 as a result of her protest in front of the Beijing municipal intermediate court where human rights activist and Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo was on trial. At an appeal hearing in July 2010, Mao Hengfeng reported that the RTL facility officers have instructed other inmates many times to beat her. In addition to the beatings, she was kept in unsanitary conditions and she was forced to work at the RTL facility dumping ground.
 
Mao Hengfeng was released on medical parole due to high blood pressure in February 2011. She was rearrested two days later on the grounds of having violated the terms for medical parole. She was taken to the Shanghai City Prison Hospital until she was released unexpectedly on July 28, 2011. At the prison hospital, she was beaten severely and at one point, she lost sight and hearing for 24 hours. On the day before the authorities officially ended her RTL term, she kept slipping in and out of consciousness, unable to eat or drink water.
 
After all the hardship in detention, Mao Hengfeng remains under police surveillance. The police attempted to beat her when she and her husband went to church and she refused their demand to go home.
 
I call on the Chinese authorities to investigate the allegations that Mao Hengfeng has been tortured and otherwise ill-treated with a view of bringing those responsible to justice. I also urge the Chinese authorities to lift all restrictions on Mao Hengfeng’s freedom of movement.
 
Furthermore, I urge you to see that Mao Hengfeng and other human rights activists are allowed to carry out their legitimate, peaceful human rights activities without fear of arbitrary detention, torture or ill-treatment, or other human rights violations.
 
Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter.

Sincerely,

copies to:

Ambassador Zhang Yesui

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

 
The plea for the protection of the human rights of Mao Hengfeng and others speaking out non-violently remains the same.  Amnesty International is simply asking us to move the focus from the Mayor of Shanghai to Premier WenJiabao.  Thank you.
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