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My husband Li Heping Part 7

August 11, 2015

Last night, I received a text message from my son: “Mom, when do I come back?” I had promised to pick him up, but because of what happened to lawyer Chunfu [Li Heping’s younger brother], I was delayed again. I couldn’t stop my tears from falling. At that moment, I didn’t know how to reply to this message, because I’d already had to explain so many times. If this child’s father had actually killed someone, sold drugs, or committed arson, I could’ve calmly told my son: your father has done something wrong, but because we love him, we will stand by him. And no matter what, we will accept him. 

The problem now is that because his father demanded the right of a lawyer to review case files as provided by the laws of the People’s Republic of China, and because his father demanded the right of a suspect to not be tortured into confession during the criminal investigation period as provided by the laws of the People’s Republic of China, he has been taken away by public security organs. Now, in a situation where even the charges against him have yet to be disclosed and his family is being tormented, what I am to tell my son, in fact, is this: Do not repay evil with evil; overcome evil with good.

Is that right? Heping will eventually come out, right? Chunfu will also eventually come out, right? The most difficult thing isn’t whether they will come out—the most difficult thing is, after experiencing all this, to make myself not harbor any hatred. 

I remember when our house was searched those plainclothes officers said that, after the case is over, anything that’s not related to the case would be returned. And yet they didn’t give me an inventory of items taken. I lent the cardboard boxes to the police officers out of trust, because otherwise should every citizen not cooperate when police officers are enforcing the law? But even now, the items I lent them have yet to be returned. I waited 48 hours, thinking that I would receive an official notice. But in the end, I had to embark on a journey searching for my husband, accompanied by relatives and lawyers.

If after terrorist activities, there are still people who claim responsibility for those activities, then aren’t we—who have been taught since childhood to love our country and her law enforcement agencies—supposed to raise our voice for the people who have been taken away in the name of public security, and say it was X who took them away?

So, the hardest thing is not whether or not Li Heping can be released. The hardest thing is to believe that, after experiencing all of this, God wants me to forgive them. Only in this moment would you know just how hard it is to love and forgive!!!...

I hope every friend who reads this article will help me, pray for me before God, even if only to say this one sentence: Don’t let fear and hatred occupy my heart; let me still learn from God’s love even when I’m treated unlawfully!


Source (CH): 

Error | Human Rights in China 中国人权 | HRIC


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