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Strongly Urging the CPC Central Committee to Set up a Special Case Team for Four Henan Farmer Petitioners Who Lost Land

January 20, 2020

The "Beijing News" reported on January 16, 2020 that a court in Henan upheld a lower court’s “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” conviction of three Henan farmers in connection with their petitioning activities. Lu Dachun, a veteran petitioner and rights activist, questions why the farmers were arrested on the grounds of extortion and then charged with “unusual petitioning” when they tried  to petition to an inspection team from the central government. He asks the CPC Central Committee to set up a Special Case Team to investigate problems including corruption among the local village officials involved, how one of the four petitioners died at the detention center, and how local officials protected one another and forced criminal charges on the petitioners. He calls for harsh punishment for officials who have violated the most basic right to subsistence of farmers who lost land due to requisition and suffered demolition and relocation.



据新京报报道,河南四名失地农民因上访于2018年8月被刑拘,其中一人在看守所身亡,三人被控敲诈勒索罪,后被追诉寻衅滋事罪。2019年10月21日,河南省南召县人民法院判决,三人犯寻衅滋事罪,分别判处有期徒刑一年零六个月。当事人对判决不服,提起上诉, 2020年1月9日,该案二审在南阳市中级人民法院开庭审理。1月16日,当事人收到判决书,法院维持原判。根据报道内容,专案组必须查明如下事实:









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