From Benjamin Carlson with the Global Post, “Why China is Crushing a Mongolian Intellectual”:
HONG KONG — One of China’s longest-imprisoned dissidents is mentally and physically breaking down.
That’s the report from family members of Hada, 57, an ethnic Mongolian sentenced to 15 years in prison in 1996 on charges of espionage and separatism. Since his release in December 2010, he has been held in extra-legal detention at Jinye Ecological Park outside the provincial capital of Hohhot. He has not been charged with any crime.
Letters from his lawyer, his son Uiles, and his wife Xinna, deplore the decline in his health and psychological condition since his imprisonment.
“Being locked up for 17 years has ravaged his body and mind,” said Uiles, 29, last month in a statement translated by Human Rights in China, a New York-based nongovernmental organization.