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Ailing Sichuan Rights Defender Huang Qi in Custody for Nearly Two years, Mother, 85, Urges Fair and Open Trial

August 22, 2018

Detained since November 2016, Sichuan rights activist Huang Qi was indicted in January 2018 on charges of “illegally providing state secrets abroad.” But the authorities have not yet brought him to trial.

The charge was based on Huang’s publication on the Internet of a document by the Political and Legal Affairs Committee of Youxian District of Mianyang Municipality that discussed the petitioning activities of a man named Chen Tianmao, and how the authorities should handle his case.

In her August 22 statement—the latest among multiple appeals over the course of Huang’s detention—Huang’s 85-year-old mother again contends that the government’s accusation is baseless, as the document that Huang published could not possibly have contained state secrets.

She highlights again the multiple illnesses that Huang is suffering and her fear that he might die in prison. She believes that in a fair and open trial, her son will be found not guilty and will be released so that he could receive proper medical treatment.

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