【4月5日，由32个团体成员组成的女性人权捍卫者国际联盟发布致中国国家主席习近平、总理李克强、北京市公安局局长王小洪的公开信，敦促立即无条件释放因计划在国际妇女节举行反对性骚扰活动而被刑事拘留的五名年轻的女性人权捍卫者，并指出打压女权运动会导致严重国际影响。女性人权捍卫者联盟（Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition）是一个全球性联盟，其团体成员中包括最具影响的国际性人权组织和妇女组织】
亚太妇女法律与发展论坛Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD)
亚洲人权与发展论坛Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM ASIA)
传播进步协会The Association for Progressive Communications (APC WNSP)
妇女发展与权利协会Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID)
BAOBAB for Women’s Human Rights (BAOBAB)
生育权中心Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR)
全球妇女领导力中心Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL)
非洲女同性恋联盟Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL)
弗里达青年女权基金Frida the Young Feminist Fund
前线Front Line Defenders
Human Rights First
Information Monitor (INFORM)
国际人权联合会International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
国际人权服务社International Service for Human Rights (ISHR)
国际妇女权利行动International Women’s Rights Action
Women’s International Cross‐Cultural Exchange (ISIS-WICCE)
Just Associates (JASS)
拉美与加勒比地区妇女权利保卫委员会The Latin American and Caribbean Committee for the Defense of Women’s Rights (CLADEM)
Nazra for Feminist Studies
Nobel Women’s Initiative (NWI)
Peace Brigades International
Society for Appraisal & Women Empowerment in Rural Areas (SAWERA)
Rainbow Rights Project (R-Rights)
妇女紧急行动基金Urgent Action Fund (UAF)
Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML)
妇女生育权国际网络Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR)
Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice (WIGJ)
Women’s Rehabilitation Centre (WOREC)
World Organisation against Torture (OMCT)
WHRDIC urges Chinese authorities to release five young feminists
The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRDIC) calls on Wang Xiaohong, the Director of the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau, Chairman Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang to immediately and unconditionally ensure the release the five young women human rights defenders who were criminally detained in China after they planned events to protest sexual harassment on International Women’s Day.
On 12 March Wei Tingting, Wang Man, Li Tingting (aka Li Maizi) and Zheng Churan (aka “Da Tu”) and Wu Rongrong were criminally detained on suspicion of ‘picking quarrels and provoking troubles’, a charge often used in China to suppress human rights defenders. If convicted each could face a maximum of five years in prison. Police also raided Weizhiming Women Centre office in Hangzhou, a women’s rights NGO that Wu Rongrong founded and where Zheng Churan and Li Tingting work. The women, who are members of China’s Women’s Rights Action Group, had made stickers printed with slogans saying ‘stop sexual harassment, let us stay safe’ and ‘go police, go arrest those who committed sexual harassment!’
As of 2 April, none of their family members had received formal notification of their detentions except Zheng Churan, which contravenes article 83 of China’s Criminal Procedure Law. The WHRDIC also urges authorities to provide urgent medical care to Wu Rongrong whose medical condition is of grave concern. Wu Rongrong has chronic liver problems, which have worsened in detention. She was not provided with the medication she needs despite requests from her lawyer, and had to sleep on the floor in the detention centre. On 19 March she was sent to a hospital run by the Public Security Bureau after her condition deteriorated, but it is not known whether she is now receiving adequate treatment.
The WHRDIC believes the ongoing detention of these young women is not an isolated incident but part of a broader trend to suppress the women’s rights movements in China. In recent months, the authorities have cracked down on independent grassroots nongovernmental organizations. Civil society leaders have been subjected to rigorous questioning about their sources of funding and their activities. In China, many other women human rights defenders have paid a high price for their activism to defend human rights. Human rights activist Cao Shunli died on 14 March 2014 after being denied medical treatment while in detention.
Today, many other women human rights defenders are in jail, detained, under house arrest or otherwise harassed by the WH R D I C Women Human Rights Defenders omen Human Rights Defenders International Coalition Defending Women Defending Rights authorities in China. We note that Han Ying, Jia Lingmin, Liu Ping and Su Changlan are at risk because of their activism to defend human rights.
The WHRDIC calls on the Chinese authorities to fully respect the right of all women human rights defenders to carry out their important work without any fear of intimidation, threats or attacks. If arrests of this kind persist, it seriously undermines China’s leadership in organizing the 26 September 2015 Global Leader’s conference on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. China must show its genuine will to implement the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action at home, including by not standing in the way of activists who are seeking to advance women’s rights as set out in this important instrument.