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Wu Aiying
Minister of Justice

10 Chaoyang Men Nan Da Jie
Chaoyang District
Beijing 100020
People's Republic of China
minister@legalinfo.gov.cn

Dear Minister Wu,

I am writing to express my grave concern regarding the continued detention of 76-year-old petitioner and activist Shuang Shuying, now held in Beijing Women's Prison. I am also very concerned that her application for medical parole was denied, despite continued reports that her health is in decline.

Shuang Shuying is an active petitioner and has spoken out against the system of Reeducation-Through-Labor. Shuang saw her Beijing home demolished in 2002 to make way for redevelopment ahead of the Olympic Games. After the demolition, her family had to relocate eight times and she has petitioned the government for compensation, to no avail. Shuang has been imprisoned since February 2007 on trumped-up charges after appealing for her son's release. During her imprisonment, Shuang's family continues to face harassment by Chinese authorities. Her son, house church pastor Hua Huiqi, was told last year that he must cooperate with police by providing information to them in order to see his mother.

I believe that Shuang Shuying has been imprisoned because of her petitioning and activism, which have all been undertaken peacefully. Her actions are protected by international human rights laws and she is therefore in detention arbitrarily.

I am adding my voice to international calls for Shuang's immediate and unconditional release, or at a minimum, to release her on medical parole due to her poor health.

Sincerely,
[your name]



Sample letter to the Prison Director of Beijing Women's Prison:

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Head of Beijing Women's Prison
Beijing Women's Prison

No. 3 Runhe Lane
Huifeng Street
Tiantanghe Qingfeng Road
Daxing District
Beijing, China 102609

Dear Director,

I am writing to express my grave concern regarding the continued detention of 76-year-old petitioner and activist Shuang Shuying, now held at your prison. I am very concerned that her application for medical parole was denied, despite continued reports that her health is in decline.

Shuang Shuying is an active petitioner who saw her Beijing home demolished in 2002 to make way for redevelopment ahead of the Olympic Games. She has been in prison since February 2007 after appealing for her son's release. At 76 years of age, Shuang has many health problems which have only worsened during her imprisonment, including diabetes, high blood pressure, cataracts, heart disease, and arthritis. She cannot walk on her own, using a cane for assistance, and she requires daily medication.

Shuang's family applied for her to be released on medical parole in August 2007, a request which was denied on the grounds that Shuang had not yet served one third of her sentence and that she did not meet the standards for medical parole. At this time I call on you to reconsider this decision due to her continued deteriorating health, and urge you to release her to her family.

Sincerely,
[your name]



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