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Open letter to Luo Qingquan, Governor of Hubei Province

June 16, 2006

Mr. Luo Qingquan
Governor, Hubei Provincial People's Government
Hubei Sheng, P.R.C.

Sent via the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States of America
Fax: 1-202-328-2582

June 15, 2006

Dear Governor Luo,

As an international Chinese NGO, Human Rights in China writes to respectfully request your urgent attention to the case of Mr. Fu Xiancai. Mr. Fu was admitted to Yichang No. 1 Hospital on June 8 after being attacked by an unknown assailant in Zigui County, and is currently paralyzed from the shoulders down as a result of the attack.

Mr. Fu was attacked soon after he was questioned by the Zigui Public Security Bureau about an interview he gave to a German television station. Prior to this attack, he had been subjected to a pattern of threats and harassment, sometimes reportedly involving individual officers of the Public Security Bureau. As you may be aware, there has been great concern expressed regarding Mr. Fu’s case in the international community, including the German government and media.
A Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman recently promised that Mr. Fu will receive the medical treatment he needs. However, we urge you to supervise the situation, and if necessary, to intervene with the Yichang No. 1 Hospital to ensure that Mr. Fu receives all operations, procedures and medicine necessary to address his serious injuries without delay. We also urge you to make public the results of the investigation that has been promised into Mr. Fu’s attack, in particular any determination of the involvement of local officials.

Sincerely yours,

Sharon Hom
Executive Director