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PRC Releases Democracy Activist Fang Jue

July 22, 2002

For Immediate Release

Fang Jue, 47, a representative of the democracy movement and a former urban-planning official, was released on July 22, 2002 after completing his four-year sentence in Liangxiang Prison, Beijing. However, upon release, the police did not return Fang’s Hukou (Household Registration System) identification card, which is necessary for all Chinese citizens to have access to all basic resources, including housing, education and employment. Immediately after his release, over ten policemen and five police cars tailed and followed him, keeping Fang under intense surveillance.

In 1998, Fang called for political reform, including direct elections at all levels of government, freedom of press and freedom of association. In 1999, he was arrested for fraud charges, which he strongly denied.

Human Rights in China condemns the Chinese government persecution and surveillance of Fang, calls for the government to restore his Hukou status, and to allow him to return peacefully to civilian life.

For more information, contact:
Xiao Qiang 212-239-4495 (English)
Liu Qing 212-239-4495 (Chinese)