发起者： 陈用林、盛雪 (签名数: 46)
发起日期： 2/25/2007，截至日期： 3/25/2007
The presidents of the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany and France:
We are writing to you today regarding the Chinese writer and painter Mr YAN Zhengxue, who is being held in China on charges of "subverting state power".
Mr YAN was arrested on 18 October 2006 by the Taizhou City Public Security Bureau of Zhejiang Province and was officially charged on 1 November 2006 with "subverting state power". The case is now in the Taizhou City Intermediate People's Court and Mr. YAN is held at the Taizhou City Luqiao Detention Centre.
According to individuals who have sighted the court documents, this charge is in connection with Mr YAN allegedly being "a secret member of the China Democratic Party", publishing "inciteful" articles on overseas websites, calling for donations to a fund in honour of the writer and dissident LIU Binyan (now deceased), and giving advice to the Wenling Peasants Association on "breaking the ban on political parties".
We believe the charges themselves to be a violation of Mr YAN's rights. We regard him as being held in violation of Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – to which China became a signatory in 1998. In addition, Article 35 of China's own Constitution stipulates: "Citizens of the People's Republic of China enjoy freedom of speech, of the press, of assembly, of association, of procession and of demonstration."
While it should not be a crime to be a member of an alternate political party, Mr YAN's lawyer Mr LI Jianqiang attests that Mr YAN completely denies the charge that he is a member of the China Democratic Party.
Mr YAN's trial was scheduled to begin on Feburary 14, but this has been deferred to allow his lawyer to collect evidence.
We are deeply concerned for the fate of Mr YAN. If found guilty, according to Articles 105 and 106 of Chinese Penal Code, he will be sentenced to a minimum of ten years in jail. He is now 64 years old.
We have the gravest fears for Mr YAN and ask you to raise his case with the Chinese government and call for his immediate and unconditional release. We are concerned that he will not be tried fairly in a court free from political influence. We also know from similar cases that it is only with international pressure that we have any chance of winning Mr YAN's release.
Mr YAN has already attempted suicide once in protest against his arrest and incarceration. We fear he may do so again in desperation.
Chen Yonglin, Sheng Xue