China RAN action – March 2008

China Regional Action Network – March 2008

China: Ye Guozhu

Concerns: Housing rights activist and Human Rights Defender, prisoner of conscience

Summary:

In 2003, officials of the Xuanwu District in Beijing reportedly colluded with developers to force a large number of city residents to relocate. Among the properties seized were a restaurant and living quarters belonging to Ye Guozhu, for which he received no compensation.

On 24 August 2004, Ye Guozhu applied for official permission to hold a public demonstration in mid-September, when the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee was to hold its annual meeting. He was detained three days later and tried in secret by the No.2 Beijing Municipal Intermediate People’s Court. Hundreds of Ye’s supporters surrounded the courthouse asking for his release. On 18 December, Ye Guozhu was convicted of “picking quarrels and stirring up trouble” and sentenced to four years in prison. His sentence was upheld on appeal.

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