China - Imprisoned cyber-dissident denied adequate medical treatment



    MONTREAL, Feb. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - The family of cyber-dissident Jin Haike,
who is serving a 10-year prison sentence, is very worried about his state of
health. He has been suffering from unexplained stomach pains ever since
recently undergoing a belated operation for the removal of his appendix.
Reporters Without Borders joins his lawyer, Li Jianqiang, in requesting his
release on health grounds.
    The authorities in Beijing prison No. 2 and the doctors who operated on
him are refusing to issue a diagnosis. His father, Jin Jianguo, recently
visited him and said he seemed very weak.
    His lawyer said he was also concerned about the health of Li Hong, a
writer, detained in Ningbo, who needs medical treatment.
    Jin and three other members of a pro-democracy group - Yang Zili, Zhang
Honghai and Xu Wei - were arrested in Beijing in 2001. Convicted of inciting
subversion of state authority, Jin was given a 10-year sentence in November
2003.




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For further information: Katherine Borlongan, secretary general,
Reporters Without Borders, (514) 521-4111, Cell: (514) 258-4208, Fax: (514)
521-7771, rsfcanada@rsf.org

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