Last updated: June 3, 2004

Chinese AIDS Activist Under House Arrest

Shows Signs of Physical Abuse by Authorities

June 3, 2004

Hu Jia, according to Human Rights in China, is still under house arrest as are several others from the human rights movement in China in the lead up to the 15th anniversary of June 4/Tiananmen Square this Friday. See below a press release from HRIC regarding the mass house arrests. Also attached
is a table of activities for June 4 demonstrations and activities people might be interested in attending in support of Hu Jia and the others under house arrest.

AIDS Activist under House Arrest
Leading Chinese AIDS and democracy activist Hu Jia shows off the red marks on his chest and neck, at his home in Beijing June 1, where he is under house arrest. AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - Leading Chinese AIDS and democracy activist Hu Jia, who is under house arrest in Beijing, claimed Wednesday he was roughed up by police who are preventing him leaving his home.

Hu has been detained since May 22 to deter him from marking the 15th anniversary of the June 4 Tiananmen Square crackdown and to stop him meeting the US ambassador to China, who recently visited villages hit hard by AIDS.

Photographs seen by AFP show cuts on Hu's forehead and red marks on his chest and neck.

Hu claimed he was first manhandled on May 24 by three police as he attempted to leave home and again faced police violence on Tuesday.

The latest incident came after a friend who had accompanied children orphaned by AIDS to Beijing zoo came to show him photographs and return a camera. Police refused to let them meet.

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HRIC Press Release

Mass House Arrests Before June 4th
May 28, 2004

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that members of the Tiananmen Mothers and other dissidents have been placed under virtual or actual house arrest in a pre-June 4th crackdown.

According to sources in China, Tiananmen Mothers Ding Zilin, Zhang Xianling and Yin Min had been planning to represent the group in filing a legal complaint with the Supreme People's Procuratorate against former Premier Li Peng on behalf of 126 people who lost loved ones on June 4, 1989. In
addition to the 126 signatories, the complaint attaches the names of 11 family members who died prior to the legal action.

The authorities apparently learned of the plan, however, and on May 25 the Mothers found themselves under tight surveillance, with police warning Ding Zilin explicitly not to go to the Procuratorate or even to the post office. Zhang Xianling and Yin Min were placed under the same control starting on May 28. At this point all three women are being confined almost entirely to their homes, apart from closely monitored shopping trips.

Warned not to file their legal complaint with the Supreme People's Procuratorate, the Tiananmen Mothers are issuing it publicly as an open letter. The full text is appended to the Chinese press release.

HRIC has also learned that the Chinese authorities have subjected many dissident intellectuals and their families to similar restrictions. Among them are Liu Xiaobo, Wang Tiancheng, Hua Huiqi, Zhang Chunzhu and Liu Anjun, as well as Jia Jianying, the wife of jailed dissident He Depu, and Li Shanna, the wife of jailed house church leader Xu Yonghai.

"The Chinese authorities have no legal basis whatsoever to deprive these people of their personal liberty, nor do they have the right to prevent the Tiananmen Mothers from filing a legal complaint," said HRIC president Liu Qing. "This latest crackdown shows that the Chinese authorities have made no progress in the recognition of human rights or rule of law since they butchered unarmed civilians 15 years ago."