Skip to content Skip to navigation

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): http://bit.ly/1MlRNi3 

Explore Topics

709 Crackdown Access to Information Access to Justice Administrative Detention All about law Arbitrary Detention
Asset Transparency Bilateral Dialogue Black Jail Book Review Business And Human Rights Censorship
Charter 08 Children Chinese Law Circumvention technology Citizen Activism Citizen Journalists
Citizen Participation Civil Society Commentary Communist Party Of China Constitution Consumer Safety
Contending views Corruption Counterterrorism Courageous Voices Cultural Revolution Culture Matters
Current affairs Cyber Security Daily Challenges Democratic And Political Reform Demolition And Relocation  Dissidents
Education Elections Enforced Disappearance Environment Ethnic Minorities EU-China
Family Planning Farmers Freedom of Association Freedom of Expression Freedom of Press Freedom of Religion
Government Accountability Government regulation Government transparency Hong Kong House Arrest HRIC Translation
Hukou Human Rights Council Human rights developments Illegal Search And Detention Inciting Subversion Of State Power Information Control 
Information technology Information, Communications, Technology (ICT) International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) International Human Rights International perspective International Relations
Internet Internet Governance JIansanjiang lawyers' rights defense Judicial Reform June Fourth Kidnapping
Labor Camps Labor Rights Land, Property, Housing Lawyer's rights Lawyers Legal System
Letters from the Mainland Major Event (Environment, Food Safety, Accident, etc.) Mao Zedong Microblogs (Weibo) National People's Congress (NPC) New Citizens Movement
Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Olympics One country, two systems Online Activism Open Government Information Personal stories
Police Brutality Political commentary Political Prisoner Politics Prisoner Of Conscience Probing history
Propaganda Protests And Petitions Public Appeal Public Security Racial Discrimination Reeducation-Through-Labor
Rights Defenders Rights Defense Rule Of Law Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Special Topic State compensation
State Secrets State Security Subversion Of State Power Surveillance Technology Thoughts/Theories
Tiananmen Mothers Tibet Torture Typical cases United Nations US-China 
Uyghurs, Uighurs Vulnerable Groups Women Youth Youth Perspective