Jailed Chinese Democracy Activist’s Health Worsening

By Alex Wu, Epoch Times
March 20, 2013 3:31 pm Last Updated: October 1, 2015 10:47 am
The Committee to Rescue Wang Bingzhang held a protest in front of the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco in June 2012, calling for the immediate release of Dr. Wang Bingzhang. (Courtesy of the Committee to Rescue Wang Bingzhang)

Imprisoned Chinese activist Dr. Wang Bingzhang has written a letter to his family overseas, saying his health has deteriorated after three strokes, and he remains forbidden to talk to anyone.

Wang, 66, was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2003 by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for his pro-democracy activities. He is being held in solitary confinement at Shaoguan Prison in Guangdong Province.

His older sister, Wang Jinhuan, was interviewed in Los Angeles by Radio Free Asia on March 14. She said the Chinese regime has only “issued visas to a few selected family members,” while others have not been allowed to visit.

“Wang has suffered three strokes in recent years, each one worse than the last,” she said. “The latest letter I got from him while in Vancouver was held by the prison for two months for scrutinizing before it was mailed. In the letter, he said his health has gotten really bad recently, and told us ‘if you don’t hear from me for a long time, it means something terrible happened to me in prison.’ He hoped we could try to visit him.”

Wang Jinhuan said his words left her heartbroken, because for the last two years she has been denied a visa to travel to China. 

She told Radio Free Asia that Wang’s daughter, and younger sister were also denied visas. Only Wang’s younger brother, Wang Bingwu, and Wang’s second son were allowed to go.

Since Dr. Wang’s incarceration, his family has repeatedly requested that the prison authorities treat him humanely, but the physical and mental persecution have never relented, Wang Jinhuan said.

Wang Jinhuan said, “This is the cruelest way to take away a person’s most basic rights. No matter how much we request or appeal, the situation remains the same.”

She said the authorities offered Wang Bingzhang better treatment several times in exchange for a “statement of repentance,” but he refused, which resulted in severe beatings, a restriction of activities, and other psychological abuses. “Wang Bingzhang told me it’s impossible for him to write a ‘statement of repentance.’ He is seeking the strength to carry on by praying. Fighting for democracy in China is what he cares about most.”

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