On February 21, 2017, the mother of detained rights activist Huang Qi, retained two lawyers, Sui Muqing and Li Jinglin, to go to the state security unit of the Mianyang Municipal Public Security Bureau to request that the person handling Huang’s case provide information on his case, in accordance with the law, and apply for medical parole for him due to his terminal illness. The lawyers were told that Huang was arrested for “leaking state secrets to foreigners” after publishing on the “64 Tianwang” website a document belonging to a certain department in the Mianyang municipal government that had been provided by a Mianyang petitioner (which was later determined to be “top secret” after a review by the relevant department). In the below account, lawyer Sui Muqing expresses doubt regarding the classification of the document that was used as the basis for charging Huang and the legality and fairness of Huang Qi’s arrest.
In 2010, Huang Qi was diagnosed with a terminal illness and has, for many years, needed to take medication nine times a day, without which his life would be at risk. The lawyers hope the police will process Huang Qi’s medical parole application as soon as possible out of humanitarian principles.
Huang Qi, founder of the “64 Tianwang” website, has been jailed twice previously for a total of eight years for taking part in human rights work.