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Human Rights Video – Showcasing Wu Yuren’s struggle and detention …

Shannon Van Sant (US documentary maker) has recently won the Amnesty International’s Award for Best Human Right’s documentary, with her version of the land claim struggle faced by many artists in mainland China in the recent times, including Wu Yuren, Gao Brothers, Ai Weiwei, Guo Jian and others. Take a look! I cry everytime IContinue reading “Human Rights Video – Showcasing Wu Yuren’s struggle and detention …”

Official release from house arrest – announcement

Wu Yuren announced that he has received his passport back and there are no charges. He is a free man! Thank you to all supporters over the past 22 months or so – much appreciated by Wu and his family and friends.

Calgary woman gets a taste of Chinese justice…

Calgary woman gets a taste of Chinese justice… By Gillian Steward gsteward@telus.net/403-243-2265 Attn: Andrew Phillips/Editorial Page Editor/Toronto Star. Dec. 18 /2011 Karen Patterson remembers every detail of the day her husband was released from a Chinese jail after a severe beating, two trials, and almost a year in custody. Patterson, who has since returned toContinue reading “Calgary woman gets a taste of Chinese justice…”

A Year On After WU Yuren’s Illegal Detention – where is the case now?

Sneaking up on me like a snake in the grass, International Children’s Day is today and is a day of great celebration for our little friends all over China, if not the world. However, for our family, the memories resonate with the ‘anniversary’ of Wu’s illegal and unjustified detention, well, official detention. In fact, heContinue reading “A Year On After WU Yuren’s Illegal Detention – where is the case now?”

“One In, One Out”: Human Rights Lawyer Li Fangping Detained

Wu’s Lawyer, Li Fangping, taken by authorities, too. Human rights lawyer Li Fangping has been detained in Beijing, hours after the release of Teng Biao, in an apparent “revolving-door trick” designed to influence public perception of the crackdown. From Chinese Human Rights Defenders: Around 5 pm local time on April 29, Beijing-based human rights lawyerContinue reading ““One In, One Out”: Human Rights Lawyer Li Fangping Detained”

China’s human rights crackdown – interactive guide – click and read!

China’s human rights crackdown – interactive guide Chinese authorities have made their biggest move against dissidents and activists for years, including artist Ai Weiwei. The crackdown followed an anonymous online call for protests inspired by Middle Eastern uprisings, although it is unclear if any of those held or missing were connected to the appeal. InformationContinue reading “China’s human rights crackdown – interactive guide – click and read!”

Ai Weiwei arrest: Chinese lawyer and designer are latest to disappear

Crackdown on dissent continues with apparent detention by authorities in China of two more associates of activist-artist Share89 Tania Branigan in Beijing guardian.co.uk, Friday 15 April 2011 18.03 BST Article history People in Hong Kong walk past street stencils of detained Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei. The words ‘Who’s afraid of Ai Weiwei’ areContinue reading “Ai Weiwei arrest: Chinese lawyer and designer are latest to disappear”

Please Remember WEN Tao, my assistant, who also disappeared April 3rd, 2011

Wen Tao, a very good friend and helpful assistant to Ai Weiwei, was an extremely helpful and supportive member of the Wu Yuren PR/communications team that was assembled shortly after Wu ‘s disappearance and detention, from June 2010 until very recently.  Unfortunately, he was also detained and disappeared on April 3rd, 2011 from a studioContinue reading “Please Remember WEN Tao, my assistant, who also disappeared April 3rd, 2011”

Sit-in At Your Local Chinese Embassy – 1001 Chairs for Ai Weiwei

4.13.2011 This Saturday: 1001 Chairs for Ai Weiwei Ai Weiwei, Fairytale, 2007 An email from Creative Time: A question posted on Facebook about what we, as an arts community, can do to support the safe release of Ai Weiwei sparked great ideas, including one by curator Steven Holmes to reenact Ai Weiwei’s project Fairytale: 1001Continue reading “Sit-in At Your Local Chinese Embassy – 1001 Chairs for Ai Weiwei”

Ai Weiwei and Wen Tao-missing for over one week-against Geneva Convention of 1955

It has been over a week since Ai Weiwei and Wen Tao disappeared … that sort of lack of communication is totally illegal according to Chinese law, as it relates to China having signed the Geneva Convention on the Standard minimum rules for the treatment of prisoners adopted by the First United nations Congress onContinue reading “Ai Weiwei and Wen Tao-missing for over one week-against Geneva Convention of 1955”

Wu Yuren tells daughter bed time stories …

Wu Yuren and his 6 yr old daughter tonight before bed discussing why some good people can be mistakenly detained by authorities. She is trying SO HARD to understand how and why her baba disappeared from her life for close to a year … priceless to over hear this.

Beijing: One released, another detained … Important read.

Beijing: One dissident released, another detained Artist Ai Weiwei arrives to the Wenyuhe court to support fellow artist Wu Yuren during his trial in Beijing, November 2010 (photo/AP) There’s mixed news coming out of Beijing. Amidst an atmosphere of crackdown — as foreign journalists face greater restrictions on their activities — the artist Ai WeiContinue reading “Beijing: One released, another detained … Important read.”

An Article to explain the recent crackdown lunacy by Chinese Government …

Wary of Unrest, China Cracks Down on Dissent The Chinese government has recently initiated a new round of suppression. China Digital Times has covered the Chinese government’s harsh crackdowns extensively. But what accounts for this sudden period of intense suppression? Some say that this is indicative of behind-the-scenes factional infighting between reformers and hardliners inContinue reading “An Article to explain the recent crackdown lunacy by Chinese Government …”

The Dissident’s Wife – more example of the systematic nature of human right’s abuses in China

March 27, 2011 The Dissident’s Wife By GENG HE San Francisco WITH the world’s attention on the uprisings in the Middle East, repressive regimes elsewhere are taking the opportunity to tighten their grip on power. In China, human rights activists have been disappearing since a call went out last month for a Tunisian-style “Jasmine Revolution.”Continue reading “The Dissident’s Wife – more example of the systematic nature of human right’s abuses in China”

Chinese lawyers, activists missing for weeks, in severe crackdown on dissent

Wu Yuren’s lawyer, LI Fangping, quoted below in article about the disappearance of many ‘human rights’ lawyers in Beijing and other parts of China. Washington Post/World, Monday March 21, 2011 BEIJING — The last time the prominent Chinese lawyer Jiang Tianyong was seen or heard from, he was visiting his brother in a Beijing suburb.Continue reading “Chinese lawyers, activists missing for weeks, in severe crackdown on dissent”

Tragedy of ZHAO Wei, murdered by Chinese Railway Authorities-Similarities with Wu’s Case

As this story has been purposely removed from most Chinese news outlets, and has stopped being reported in the international press, I give you the skinny, followed by the translation of the letter submitted by his parents. Shocking and disgusting, there is a plethora of cases similar to this ALL OVER CHINA. At the endContinue reading “Tragedy of ZHAO Wei, murdered by Chinese Railway Authorities-Similarities with Wu’s Case”

Debrief for Wu Yuren’s Continued Court Session January 28th, 2011

9:30 am Wenyuhe Court House, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China Today was the second session of Wu Yuren’s court trial, and it was not very exciting, except for the fact that the court prosecution came out with a final statement that went like this, “We can promise that the evidence that we have on Wu YurenContinue reading “Debrief for Wu Yuren’s Continued Court Session January 28th, 2011”

Re-visiting the 008 International Artist Community – what once were art studios.

The other day, while running an errand, I decided to drive by the place which was once the 008 International Artist Community, sections A, B, and C (Wu Yuren used to live in section C, which is now abandoned, but still sort of standing. The other two sections are completely demolished and all debris removed,Continue reading “Re-visiting the 008 International Artist Community – what once were art studios.”

Debrief with Li Fangping after viewing the ‘original video tape’ – Jan 17th, 2011

Wenyuhe Court House, Chaoyang District, Beijing  – 3pm.   Li Fangping was called by the Wenyuhe Court House the other day to come and view the ‘original video tape’, that which Li called for during the November 17th trial. After two months, here is the result:   We both went into the court house registrationContinue reading “Debrief with Li Fangping after viewing the ‘original video tape’ – Jan 17th, 2011”

Wu’s Lawyer to view ‘original’ video evidence, Jan 17th, afternoon

January 15th, 2011 Li Fangping contacted me today to tell me that he received a call from the court, requesting that he come in person on Monday afternoon to view the ‘original video’ evidence, that piece of evidence that he called for during the November 17th, 2010 trial, thus resulting in the adjournment of theContinue reading “Wu’s Lawyer to view ‘original’ video evidence, Jan 17th, afternoon”

Jerry Cohen talks on Chen, Gao and Zhao – more human right’s abuses flooding out of China

Here is a link about the blind human rights lawyer who has disappeared, after spending 4 years in prison. Inside this link is a very good video interview with American Human Right’s expert and lawyer, Jerry Cohen, as he talks about Chen Guangcheng, Gao Zhicheng and Zhao Lianhai, all three who have been extremely treatedContinue reading “Jerry Cohen talks on Chen, Gao and Zhao – more human right’s abuses flooding out of China”

While we wait for the re-opening of Wu’s trial

As we wait for the re-opening of the trial, thought it would be interesting to share the quintessential image that came from the time last spring when Dawu and others banded together to ‘fight’ the property developers and local government surrounding the 008 International Art Community and the Zhengyang Artist Community. Both areas were specificallyContinue reading “While we wait for the re-opening of Wu’s trial”

“Holiday Postcard Campaign” for Wu Yuren – call for action!

Many people have been asking me how they can help WU Yuren while he is in detention waiting the re-opening of his trial, which was adjourned on November 17th, 2010 in Beijing due to flawed/tampered evidence submitted by the Police Station. Well, yesterday I spoke with his lawyer, and he suggested a “Holiday Postcard Campaign”,Continue reading ““Holiday Postcard Campaign” for Wu Yuren – call for action!”

Letter to Public Security Bureau Requesting Assistance – Dec 6th

6 December 2010 Dear Esteemed Officer Beijing City Public Security Bureau Chaoyang District Branch My name is Karen Patterson and I am the wife of Chinese citizen, WU Yuren (DOB: 1971/10/2), who is in the Chaoyang District Criminal Detention Center waiting second session of his trial. He has not been sentenced yet. On December 30th,Continue reading “Letter to Public Security Bureau Requesting Assistance – Dec 6th”

Detention Center Visiting Room – Underconstruction – come back tomorrow!

As the title of this note suggests, the lawyer was unable to get in to see Dawu today as the room that is used by lawyers to visit clients has been underconstruction since December 3rd, last Friday. There was a clear note posted on the window of the office where the lawyers go to registerContinue reading “Detention Center Visiting Room – Underconstruction – come back tomorrow!”

Update on the next trial date …

Today received notice from Li Fangping that the next date for the second session of Wu Yuren’s trial could be as early as mid December. So much for within 10 working days! And how about that original tape, boys? A red herring, that’s what I thought. Stay tuned.

My Official Response to all of this …

“This is an excellent opportunity for the Chinese justice system to show the world that it is independent and fair by acquitting my husband.”   Karen Patterson November 24, 2010

Beijing City Officials Letter Writing Campaign – finished!

Today I finished of the 5 letters to the Beijing City Government Officials, a project which was highly recommended by lawyer LI Fangping. So, via EMS, the following Chinese Government officials will be receiving a letter outlining the case of WU Yuren, in both English and Chinese: 1. LIU Qi – Party Chief of BeijingContinue reading “Beijing City Officials Letter Writing Campaign – finished!”

(凯琳)与李方平律师就吴玉仁案庭审情况的汇报

——2010年11月19日 今天,我到城市的另一端去会见李方平律师,并且与他讨论了关于周三,11月17日上午9点30温榆河法庭的吴玉仁案庭审情况,对此我期待已久。讨论形成以下几个要点: 1、下一次吴玉仁庭审日期大概是10天以后。法庭将会提前三天通知李方平律师,第二次庭审应该还是在温榆河法庭举行。继续欢迎所有人到法庭外围观,虽然还不清楚是否允许任何人进去旁听。 2、 李方平律师强调了以下事实:吴玉仁的庭审证词和其他三个警察证人的证词严重不一致,简直是一黑一白。而且他感觉到,法官和控告方也注意到了这些差异,这些 差异对4小时庭审之后法官提出几天之后举行第二次庭审的决定产生了影响。此外,那天早上在法庭外面围观的人群和媒体都促成了延期庭审的决定。 3、派出所原来是希望用录像来证明吴玉仁为何被指控“妨害公务” ――证明大吴对警察充满了敌意和威胁; ――证明警察没有使用暴力强留下大吴; ――证明大吴拒绝去另一个审讯室,自己去了食堂(在那里他被打了)。 4、我们从对方提交的录像中看到以下内容: ――证明大吴是被人推出他原来所在的房间,事实上他并不愿意去。 ――录像在大吴去食堂的拐弯地方被明显地剪辑过,其它录像在哪里?李方平律师认为这与警方说法不一致。 ――在录像一开始的地方,大吴说了类似这样的话:我要和你死磕。李律师提出,究竟是什么激怒了他,让他说出这样的话呢?录像的开头部分在哪里? 5、 在庭审中间5分钟的简短休息后,法官问李方平律师有什么请求。李律师提出想看警所的未经剪辑的、原始录像。法官要求控方考虑该请求。但在李律师提出请求之 前、解释为什么需要看原始录像时,法官曾多次打断了他话。李律师始终坚称在法庭上播出的录像是被剪辑过的、缺失的。李律师试图问为何我们不能看监控录像 (安装在墙上的摄像)?控方不愿意去酒仙桥派出所调取监控录像来在法庭上展示。李律师怀疑是否能看到原始录像带,更不要提监控录像了(在11.17的庭审 上没有出示监控录像) 6、当问及吴玉仁的庭审与中国其他类似的案件审理相比有什么不同的时候,他回答中最有趣是:吴的庭审是没有先例的,因为这是中国警察系统第一次把自己的警官作为证人送上法庭。为什么这么做呢?主要是以下几个因素: ――在加拿大发起的给政府、加拿大驻中国和北京使馆的大规模写信运动,直接影响到了中国政府并引起了高层对此案的关注。 ――大赦国际在2010年10月1日开始大规模的写信运动,不仅写给中国政府,还写给法院。 ――国际媒体持续关注带来的压力。 ――吴的加拿大妻子将有可能旁听庭审。 7、鉴于控告方证据存在的问题,以及证人证言之间存在的巨大差异,大吴是否有希望无罪释放或者将在第二次庭审之后很快被释放? 尽管如此,李方平律师仍然预计吴玉仁可能会获刑12个月左右,已羁押日期将抵扣刑期。为什么呢?因为他觉得如果大吴被无罪释放或者处罚过轻,将震动整个警察系统,目前他们很难做出这样的一个变革性的决定。 从我的视角来看,一方面,中国政府在证人出庭和审判程序方面展示了进步的潜力,但是他们仍然会坚持对大吴判刑,是因为我们面对着一个法律系统不成熟国家,它离真正的法制还很远。 翻译 @duyanpili@wentommmy   Tags: 吴玉仁 凯琳 李方平 庭审 延期 汇报   Posted in | Comments(0)»     译文:凯琳在温榆河法庭内所见 十一月 21st, 2010 原文地址:https://wuyurenincarcerated.wordpress.com/ 凯琳在温榆河法庭内所见 ——吴玉仁庭审,11月17日,9:30 ~ 1:30下午   ok,从何说起呢?昨天发生了很多事情,当我考虑如何表述这些信息时,我得努力去理解昨天在法庭上的所见所闻。我仍然沉浸在情感之中,我们正好在审判阶段,Continue reading “(凯琳)与李方平律师就吴玉仁案庭审情况的汇报”

Inside the Wenyuhe Courthouse – Wu Yuren’s Trial Nov 17th, 9:30 to 1:30 pm

Ok, where to begin? Lots happened yesterday, and I will try here to make sense of everything I saw and heard from inside the courtroom. As I think about how to present the information, I still well up with emotions, as it is quite an emotional event on many levels, least that we are actuallyContinue reading “Inside the Wenyuhe Courthouse – Wu Yuren’s Trial Nov 17th, 9:30 to 1:30 pm”

Karen’s application to visit Wu’s trial – paper work!

Application to Attend WU Yuren’s Trial Dear Sirs/Madam: I am the wife of WU Yuren (#320422197110025812 Chinese ID Card, DOB: 1971/10/02), who has been detained, arrested and awaiting trial since May 31st, 2010. I would like to apply to visit his trial, set for November 17, 2010, at 9:30am, at the Wenyuhe Courthouse (温榆河法庭). HisContinue reading “Karen’s application to visit Wu’s trial – paper work!”

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Minister of Foreign Affairs Official Response Regarding Wu Yuren

“have at last received a response from the relevant authorities who indicate that on May 31st, after a dispute with the 798 management company, Wu Yuren and Yang Licai painted abusive language on the wall of the local police workstation and the wall of the management company. Local police investigated (Chaoyang District’s Jiuxianqiao Station), Mr.Continue reading “Minister of Foreign Affairs Official Response Regarding Wu Yuren”


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