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Global activists demand the release of their sisters in China
Narendra Ch | 06 Apr 2015

One Billion Rising activists around the world continue to demand the release of theiractivist feminist sisters from China Li Tingting, Zheng Churan, Wei Tingting, Wang Man and Wu Rongrung who were arrested for their work to create awareness and education on violence against women and girls issues.

They demanded their immediate and unconditional release. They also demanded that the Chinese government stop the brutal political repression of their women's human rights defenders!

This is an update from an activist sister on the ground: "The women are still in criminal detention. In China the maximum duration is thirty days. During this period, police and people from the security department will fetch the detainees for interrogation at intervals, and question them about some specific activities they have planned and organized before. This is for collective evidence, for a formal arrest and prosecution. According to the lawyers, the detention itself is not within due process of the law.

The cause for detaining them is "creating disturbances", but they (we) had not even implemented their (our) action plans before the detention. And all the similar activities we had done before did not break any single article of Chinese law. All the five girls are full time grassroots NGO staff. One of the organisations they work for is the main target of this crackdown and whose office was broken into and searched, and where all their archives were carried off on March 25th, which again happened at midnight.

The girls are basically well personally but we haven't had any more information about Zheng Churan for two weeks now because her lawyer suddenly left China for another case. The new lawyer is coming to take his place. Policemen have continued to disturb the volunteers nationwide who participated in the former activities and are forcing then to give evidence (evidence for no crime). Some important activists working in sister organizations are now going into exile and are leaving China. They are not afraid of being arrested but they don't want to give "evidence" to help police frame the five women. But all the support internationally does help."

One Billion Rising activists from all over the world continue to condemn the detaining of our five young activist feminist sisters from China, who now face prosecution no later than April 8th under illegal and inhumane procedures, and are demanding their immediate release.

They call on China to uphold the outcomes of the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action, which was created in China at the historic international conference in 1995. As hosts of the conference, they, beyond all doubt and measure, are ethically mandated to deliver on the promises and commitment to advance women's rights- including women's political and human rights, and the basic liberties of self, social and political expressions.

 They are ethically bound to adhere to the agreements made at the summit twenty years ago. It is such an expression of hypocrisy to purport to advocate for women's rights when they have exerted repressive, inhumane and illegal measures towards Li Tingting, Zheng Churan, Wei Tingting, Wang Man and Wu Rongrung.