Arrests and Releases: One in, One out

In November last year, Hu Jia‘s wife Zeng Jinyan had reportedly been threatened with arrest, and faced suggestions that her family would be put under strict house arrest once Hu Jia were released. June 26 could be the day when Hu Jia’s prison term ends.

House arrest would amount to something similar to the situation Chen Guangcheng (陈光诚) has been living in ever since he had served a term of several years (apparently four years and three months). Chen’s wife, Yuan Weijing (袁伟静), appears to be under semi-official watch much of the time, as news of April 2009 would suggest.

He Peirong, from Nanjing, reportedly tried to see Chen at his home in Shandong Province last week. Under the Jacaranda translated a Chinese-language account of her effort and its results, which can be found here.

In April this year, Beijing-based human rights lawyer Li Fangping (李方平) was reportedly kidnapped by unidentified individuals outside the offices of the health rights NGO Beijing Yirenping Center. Li was apparently released within days, while another rights lawyer, Li Xiongping, had reportedly “disappeared” since.

Li Fangping was himself detained just as yet another rights lawyer, Teng Biao (滕彪), was released from custody, in a move some called, “One In, One Out”,

the China Digital Times quoted AP on May 4.

Li has legally

represented a number of high-profile victims of political and religious persecution, including, among others, Chen Guangcheng, Yang Chunlin (杨春林), Hu Jia (胡佳), and Zhao Lianhai (赵连海)

in recent years, Chinese Human Rights Defenders wrote in April.



» Wen Jiabao’s Endgame – neither Law, nor Order, April 21, 2011
» Diluting the Intimidation: the Tea Partisans, March 14, 2010


» A Visit to Chen Guangcheng’s Family, ESWN, March 17, 2009


5 Responses to “Arrests and Releases: One in, One out”

  1. Just some updates:
    1. He Peirong has safely returned home but is now under strict police surveillance. Even so, she did manage to post several tweets about her horrifying experience.
    2. Zeng Jinyan was visited this morning by police. They’ve found her hiding place in Shenzhen & she is now back under surveillance. She made a promise to her landlady that she would move out in a few weeks’ time. Residents in that building don’t want to have Police around, apparently. So house searching starts for Ms Zeng.


  2. Thanks for the update, C.A.! Did Zeng leave the place in “Bobo Freedom City” (Beijing) for good?


  3. I think they still own the Beijing apartment. So now since she’s been evicted from Shenzhen, she has no choice but to return to her Bobo Freedom City apartment in Beijing until Hu Jia is released. The saddest part is that Ms Zeng is very determined not to let her daughter go through another house arrest experience. So she will leave her daughter with her parents in Fujian on her way back to Beijing. This means that Hu Jia won’t be able to see his daughter when he returns home. Sad.


  4. Wherever in China you are, there’s the loving embrace of the CCP. Wondering if Beijing doesn’t want to let them go, or if Shenzhen doesn’t want them to stay. Maybe both.
    Zeng described her parent’s house in one of her blogposts. Would seem that her daughter will be fine there. But for Hu and Zeng, it will be an arrangement that involves a lot of sadness.



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