Mao Hengfeng, a housing rights and reproductive rights defender was taken away by men in plain clothes believed to be Shanghai police officers in Beijing on September 30, 2012. She was subsequently taken from Beijing to Shanghai, and is now detained in the Yangpu district police detention centre. (Urgent Action Request – Click Here)
According to legal documents shown to Mao Hengfeng’s family, the decision by local authorities to detain her was made on September 24 and relates to her participation in a commemorative activity for deceased petitioner Teng Jingdi earlier this year. Amnesty International considers Mao Hengfeng to be a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for her work as a human rights campaigner / defender.
Amnesty International has called on the international community to engage in this urgent action to release her immediately and unconditionally; ensure that Mao Hengfeng is not subjected to torture or other ill-treatment; and also ensure that Mao Hengfeng has access to the necessary medical assistance and treatment she may require.