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President of the People’s Republic of China, General Secretary Xi Jinping.
We’re concerned about the detention of human rights defender Yang Maodong, commonly known as Guo Feixiong.
Mr Feixiong was sentenced to six years of detention in 2013 on charges of having made a public protest against official censorship of a Guangzhou newspaper. He’s currently detained in Yangchun Prison in the province of Guandong.
We’re particularly concerned about the health of Mr Feixiong, who has been on hunger strike since 9 May 2016, as a response to alleged degrading and humiliating treatment he has been subjected to while in detention.
We’re deeply concerned about an alleged lack of adequate medical attention and ill-treatment, which allegedly includes:
We understand that Mr Feixiong has been force-fed twice every other day since 1 May 2016 and is being given intravenous supplements every other day against his will.
It’s feared that Mr Feixiong has been targeted because of his work as a human rights defender. Such measures would have a negative effect on the work of other human rights defenders in China, as well as China’s image and reputation.
We urged the president to: