A Mother’s Appeal
Dear Honorable Sir/Madam:
My relative Xiaohui Bian’s request of visiting her father in Hebei Province Shijiazhuang City Prison was unreasonably denied so she held a banner, “I want to see my father" on the street. My daughter Yinghua Chen accompanied her and took some pictures. Both were arrested and Chen was sentenced to 4 years in prison.
The court could not find any criminal evidence, so all procedures are illegal:
1, the judge didn’t allow the lawyers to provide legal counsel to my daughter during the trial;
2, Relatives were not allowed to be present at the trial. This trial is more secretive than a military one which allows a lawyer’s counsel.
3, the first trial is over. The presiding judge Mr. Ying Li agreed to give my husband the legal verdict document. But on May 11 he changed his mind and said that the case was transferred to Middle Level People’s Court. He didn’t even know who was in charge of this case now. He seems to be very afraid of this case and wanted to get out of it as soon as possible. Until now, we do not have this legal verdict document.
4, According to the Middle Level People’s Court of Shijiazhuang City’s case quick inquiry system, on January 4, 2015 the second trail of Yinghua Chen’s case was set up. However on April 6 my husband phoned the presiding judge Mr. Ying Li, Li said the verdict of the first trail had not yet been reached. It was weird that the second trial has started before the first trial’s completion. It’s ridiculous.
China emphasizes the “ruling the state according to the law", it’s merely a propaganda. Through my daughter’s case, one can see the darkness of Justice system in China today. She used to be a healthy pretty woman before arresting. After more than a year of persecution in prison, on May 21 this year, when lawyer met her, she was supported by others to walk into the meeting room with lifeless facial expression, her body swelling, and there are wounds on her face. From July 2014 to May 2015, for ten months, Yinghua Chen was isolated by prison authorities without being allowed to meet with anyone including lawyers. She suffered much persecution in prison.
People would say it is China’s internal affair, no other country should “interfere". I think that killing human lives is not a political issue, but an issue of humanity. Hitler massacred Jews, he also said this was the Third Reich’s internal affair, should we agree?
As a mother, I appeal to you: Please voice for the righteous, rescue my daughter, and condemn this criminal behavior!
Yinghua Chen’s mother: