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Shanghai Update: House Arrest of Zheng Enchong, Mass Detention of Petitioners for Party Congress

October 16, 2006

Human
Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that Shanghai lawyer Zheng Enchong, released from prison in June, was prevented from
attending a church service as part of ongoing restrictions on his personal
liberty. In addition, HRIC has learned of a mass roundup of petitioners in Shanghai around the time of the sixth plenary
session of the 16th Communist Party Congress in Beijing.


Sources in China told HRIC that Zheng and his wife, Jiang
Meili, left their home at around 6 a.m. on Saturday, October 14, with the
intention of attending a religious service at the Mu’en Christian Church near Shanghai’s

Renmin Square
.
However, as they left their neighborhood, they were reportedly surrounded by a
dozen police officers, who prevented them from proceeding. When Zheng insisted
on attending the church service, police reportedly knocked him to
the ground.


Sources say Zheng sat on the ground in protest, and soon
drew a crowd of several hundred onlookers. Eventually three police vehicles arrived
along with another dozen police officers.
Police officers grabbed Zheng by his
arms and legs and took him to a
small room on the ground floor of his
building. Zheng was allowed to return home later that day.


Around the
same time, a friend who had arranged to accompany Zheng and his wife to church,
Shen Peilan, was reportedly also
stopped outside
her home
by police
officers and prevented from attending the service.


Earlier this month, on October 4, shortly before the
Chinese Moon Festival,
sources say that Zheng Enchong’s former high school
teacher, a 76-year-old man surnamed Zhu, attempted to visit Zheng along with
several old classmates, but police prevented them from going to Zheng’s home.
On the day of the Moon Festival, October 6, police also reportedly prevented
Zheng and his family from visit
ing his 94-year-old mother as is custom during the holiday. Police also reportedly refused to
allow delivery of a box of moon cakes from Zheng’s Beijing-based legal advisor,
Zhang Sizhi. A police officer reportedly told Zheng Enchong that Shanghai’s deputy Party
committee secretary, Liu Yungeng, had specifically ordered that Zheng be kept
under the tightest possible restrictions at home. Police officers have also
reportedly harassed Zheng’s daughter at school.


HRIC has also received information that Shanghai
police recently carried out a large-scale roundup of petitioners to prevent
them from going to Beijing
during the sixth plenary session of the 16th Communist Party
Congress. HRIC
has learned of
more than 30 people detained or placed under other forms of restriction since
September, but
sources say the names below represent only a portion of
the people harassed under orders from deputy Party secretary Liu Yungeng and
others
:


  • Zhu Libin, along with his wife and two
    children aged 10 and 8 – from September 30 to October 11, security officers at Shanghai’s Zhabei
    District train station held Zhu and his family in a room of the Nanning
    Bathhouse.

  • Guo Rong – from September 30 to October 12,
    police officers from Shanghai’s
    Hongkou District detained Guo in a room in the Yuanzhen Hostel in

    Zhapu Road
    . Guo’s
    elder sister died while he was in detention, but police did not allow Guo to
    attend her funeral on October 7.

  • Sun Xicheng
    Police
    held Sun under house arrest starting on September 27. Sun jumped
    out of his window on October 7 and attempted to take a train to Beijing, but police detained him at Shanghai’s South Station on October 8 and
    detained him at the Jinhui Guest House on
    Zhongshan West Road
    . Sun went on hunger
    strike
    that day and was eventually taken to the hospital on October 11.


  • Wei Qin – After signing a petition to the
    Central Discipline Inspection Committee in September, Wei was detained on
    September 21 and held for 15 days in the Jing’an District Detention Center.
    When his term of detention was completed on October 6, he was transferred to
    the Qingpu Clubhouse, where he was held until October 11.


  • Liang Faxiang – Liang was placed under
    administrative detention in the Jing’an Detention Center for nine days
    beginning on September 19. She was then transferred to the Qingpu Clubhouse,
    where she was held until October 11.


  • Chen Enjuan – Chen was detained from September
    29 to October 11 at the Chuansha
    PartySchool
    .
    After she
    was found to have made phone calls, her cell phone was confiscated and
    she was transferred to a
    tourist resort outside of the city.


  • Zhou Jinmei – detained September 30 to October 11
    at the Jing’an District Transit Center.


  • Lü Longzhen – detained September 30 to October
    11 at the LaborModelHoliday
    Village
    .


  • Li Shujia – detained September 30 to October
    11 in a guest room at the Jinshan
    HongdaBuilding
    .


  • Ma Zhishen – detained September 30 to October
    11 at the LaborModelHoliday
    Village
    .


  • Duan Muyun – detained September 30 to October
    11 at the LaborModelHoliday
    Village
    .


  • Wang Linzhen – detained September 30 to October
    11 at the LaborModelHoliday
    Village
    .


  • Wang Feiyue – detained September 30 to October
    11at the MinxingDistrictReception
    Center
    .


  • Ou Chunfang – detained from September 30 to
    October 11 at the Minxing
    DistrictReception
    Center
    . During this time,
    Ou suffered from a heart ailment, but was not provided with medical treatment.


  • Wu Yuping – placed under administrative
    detention from September 13 to 28 at the HongkouDistrict
    DetentionCenter
    ,
    then transferred to the Jiajiang Hostel in

    Sangshan Road
    until October 11.


  • Chen Zonglai – placed under administrative
    detention from September 20 to 29 at the Hongkou
    DistrictDetention
    Center, then transferred to the HongkouDistrictReception
    Center
    until October 11.


  • Shen Yonghai – detained from September 28 to
    October 11 in the guardroom of the Dongqian Company in

    Tangbin South Road
    , Luowan District.


  • Ma Changfa – placed under administrative
    detention from October 2 to 11 in the MinxingDistrict
    DetentionCenter
    .


  • Zhang Xinzhen – placed under administrative
    detention from October 2 to 11 in the MinxingDistrict
    DetentionCenter
    .


  • Zheng Shumei – placed under administrative
    detention from October 2 to 11 in the MinxingDistrict
    DetentionCenter
    .


  • Shao Zhegen – Detained from September 28 to
    October 11 in the Hongkou
    DistrictReception
    Center
    .


  • Deng Weixiu – placed under administrative
    detention in an unnamed detention center for 10 days starting on September 20,
    then transferred to an unnamed hostel until October 11.


  • Liu Pingying – detained October 1 to 11 in the Qibaotian
    Hostel.


  • Yang Chunhua – detained September 28 to October
    11 in the Zinjiang Zhi Xing Hotel.


  • Lu Shanming – detained October 6 to 11 in a
    building at

    351 Longhua East Road
    ,
    where he was given only a small amount of rice each day and was deprived of
    sleep.

  • Wang Hong – held under house arrest from
    September 27 to October 11.

  • Li Caidi – held under round-the-clock house
    arrest from September 27 to October 11.

  • Zhu Donghui – placed under round-the-clock
    surveillance from August 21 to the present.

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