Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Mao Hengfeng detained and beaten - again

Remember Mao Hengfeng, who I wrote about in October? Human rights activist, Mao was forced to have an abortion in 1989 something she has courageously protested about ever since. For this she's had to endure years of cruelty and persecution at the hands of the Chinese state, including repeated detention in prisons and psychiatric units. In 2004, she she was sent to a Re-education Through Labour (RTL) camp, where she was reportedly tied up, suspended from the ceiling and severely beaten. She was released, then re-imprisoned, released again and ... guess what?

I'll let an Amnesty press release take up the story.

Human rights activist Mao Hengfeng has been detained and reportedly beaten after protesting about forced evictions in Shanghai. The Shanghai Public Security Bureau yesterday sentenced Mao, 48, to seven days administrative detention.
Mao Hengfeng and her daughter were taken by police from outside the Shanghai Municipal People’s Congress meeting on 12 January. They were there with 100 other Shanghai residents calling for action on the issue of forced evictions and other human rights abuses in the city. The police sealed off the venue and the protestors were held at a distance. Mao Hengfeng shouted: 'Shanghai representatives, you should serve your people. Come listen to us! We want democracy and freedom, and an end to torture!'
The police seized Mao Hengfeng and her daughter, together with several other protesters, and drove them to an unknown detention facility. At midnight everyone else was sent home, but Mao was transferred to Daqiao police station. The police then issued a notice to her family stating that she will be held for seven days for 'disturbing public order'.
After visiting Mao Hengfeng earlier today, her family say that the police had not fed her, and it was obvious from her appearance that she had been beaten.

Doesn't it make you feel good to know that leading anti-natalists, Harry Jooseery, executive director of Partners in Population and Development and UN panjandrum, Sara Seims are so impressed with the Chinese model that they want it exported to African countries?


Blogger Oli said...

Oh dear.

I am also shocked by the number of people who I have spoken to who seem to think that human rights are only for westerners, and that the one-child policy and its enforcement by any means necessary is an essentially good, moral and ethical thing.

These are educated people who think that they have the good of the world in mind.

One can only assume that they think that women's rights aren't worth much and that the world should continue to bow to our whims and greed as it did in colonial times...

1/21/2009 8:20 AM  

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