Chen Xi • 西

Current Detention

Crime:  Inciting subversion of state power

Court:  Guizhou Intermediate People’s Court

Trial date: December 26, 2011

Sentencing date:  December 26, 2011

Dates of Detention/Arrest:  November 29, 2011

Length of Punishment: 10 years, with an additional 3-year deprivation of political rights

Place of Detention: Xingyi Prison (Xingyi City, Guizhou Province)

Verdict: Guizhou Province Guiyang City Intermediate People’s Court Verdict (Chinese only)

Background

Originally from Guangxi Province, Chen Xi (aka Chen Youcai [陈友才]) has been a member of the Guizhou Human Rights Forum, which was declared by Guizhou authorities to be an “illegal organization” on December 5, 2011—a week after his most recent arrest and just prior to UN Human Rights Day. Born in 1954, Chen was detained in November 2011 in Guiyang City for 36 essays he wrote that were posted on overseas websites, and after he tried to obtain information about a local People’s Congress election. Chen’s case was sent to the Guizhou Intermediate People’s Court on December 16, only five days after Chen Xi’s family received notification of his arrest. Chen is suffering from chronic enteritis, an inflammation or infection of the digestive tract, which causes severe diarrhea, dehydration and fever. Chen’s wife Zhang Qunxuan (张群选) first learned he was suffering from the stomach disease after a visit in January 21, 2013, when he told her he had been suffering from diarrhea for over half a month already. In late May 2014,  Zhang visited him in prison and reported that his health has not improved. He had been suffering from severe diarrhae for over a year, but had not received effective treatment from prison authorities. She reported his body had become very weak and thin, and his mental state had become very poor. She is worried that without treatment he may die.

Chen was also imprisoned in 1989 for three years for participating in the pro-democracy movement, and again in 1996 for 10 years for “organizing and leading counter-revolutionary group.” Guiyang authorities have also taken him into custody several times to prevent him from organizing human rights symposiums or other activities commemorating UN Human Rights Day, which has been a focus of the Guizhou Human Rights Forum.

Further Information

Communiqué on behalf of Chen Xi, citizen of the People’s Republic of China, Alleging Arbitrary Arrest Or Detention, and Violations Of Right To Freedom Of Expression and the Rights To Freedom Of Peaceful Assembly and Of Association, March 27, 2012, CHRD

Guizhou Activist Chen Xi Jailed for Ten Years for ‘Inciting Subversion, December 26, 2011, CHRD