Chinese Human Rights Website Publisher Faces Life In Prison
Chinese regime threatens a publisher of stories about China’s detentions of dissenters and activists with life imprisonment. Police informed his relatives the following day that the charges were “very serious this time.” He is being accused of organising a “scheme of subverting the state power or overthrowing the socialist system”.
Liu Feiyue, founder of the website Minsheng Guancha, was taken away earlier this month by police in the city of Suizhou, Hubei province. The site said Liu’s family had been told he was under investigation for subversion, a vaguely defined charge often levelled against human rights activists and dissidents.
Minsheng Guancha, known in English as Civil Rights & Livelihood Watch, was founded in 2006 and documents protests, land seizures, unannounced detentions and other alleged human rights violations that are typically ignored by China’s state-run media.
“The Chinese Communist Party can just detain whoever it likes these days; it’s like they’ve gone crazy.”
The website has alleged that China has committed hundreds of perceived troublemakers to mental hospitals under the guise of giving them psychiatric treatment. He has also documented local corruption cases and protests by veterans seeking benefits after their discharge from the military.
Chinese human rights activist who spoke with Radio Free Asia said that accusations are exaggerated but “the Chinese Communist Party can just detain whoever it likes these days; it’s like they’ve gone crazy.”
“The arrests are coming thick and fast now, and more and more people are being detained, which shows that the authorities are getting frightened, and their paranoia is off the scale”, he stated. “This is wrong, and it’s also ridiculous; the government is just in permanent crackdown mode now,” the activist said.
(AP, RFA, pht)