Human Rights in China (HRIC) is deeply concerned that Gansu authorities have sentenced well-known environmental activist Sun Xiaodi (孙小弟) to two years of Reeducation-Through Labor (RTL), and his daughter Sun Dunbai (孙敦白), also known as Sun Haiyan (孙海燕), to one-and-a-half years of RTL, for criminal acts that endangered state security.
In the RTL sentencing decision (劳动教养决定书), the authorities assert that Sun Xiaodi stole information relating to the state-owned No. 792 Uranium Mine in Gansu, and gave it to his daughter to supply to overseas organizations, and that he distorted facts, spread rumors, and incited the public with libelous slogans of “nuclear pollution” and “human rights violations.”
The sentencing decision also states that the authorities have proof of the criminal acts committed by Sun and his daughter, including witness testimony, Sun’s and his daughter’s own statements, material proof, and official “state secrets” classification of the information Sun and his daughter handled.
“If the authorities have evidence that Sun Xiaodi and his daughter endangered state security, they should present it in an open and fair trial,” said Sharon Hom, executive director of HRIC. “Instead, they chose RTL – a nontransparent process of administrative punishment lacking procedural protections – raising strong suspicions about their handling of these cases.” HRIC urges the Chinese authorities to review the Sun cases and rescind or suspend their RTL sentences.
Sun Xiaodi was a worker at No. 792 Uranium Mine, a base of production of nuclear material in Gansu Province. Despite continuous harassment by local authorities, Sun has, over the past 20 years, continued to report on the nuclear contamination and grave consequences brought about by the No. 792 Uranium Mine, in order to protect the environment and defend the rights and interests of the mine workers. For his work, Sun was honored in 2006 as a fighter against nuclear contamination and awarded the world’s most prestigious anti-nuclear prize, the Nuclear-Free Future Award. After Sun was awarded the prize, his situation became increasingly difficult as the authorities intensified their monitoring and harassment of him.
For more information on Sun Xiaodi, see:
- "Environmental Activist Sun Xiaodi and Daughter Face Reeducation-Through-Labor (RTL)," July 10, 2009
- "Sun Xiaodi Harassed, Faces Financial Hardship," March 27, 2007,
- "Environmental Activist Sun Xiaodi Faces Stepped-up Harassment after International Award," January 2, 2007
- "Sun Xiaodi Receives International Nuclear Activism Award," December 2, 2006
- "Environmental Activist Sun Xiaodi Detained Again," April 7, 2006
- "Beijing Petitioned on Behalf of Missing Activist Sun Xiaodi," September 7, 2005