Wife of Christian Human Rights Lawyer Missing for 51 Days Queries Beijing Police

Monday, April 18, 2011

2011. 04. 18 Translated by China Aid Association
On April 12, 2011, Jin Bianling, the wife of Christian human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong, wrote and sent the following letter to the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau to inquire about her husband, from and about whom she has heard nothing since he was taken away by Public Security officers 51 days earlier without any proper legal procedures.

Jiang, a longtime rights advocate who has taken on a series of politically sensitive cases since 2006, testified in October 2009 before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission of the U.S. Congress. (Read his testimony here:

Dear Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau,
My name is Jin Bianling and I am Jiang Tianyong’s wife.
On February 19 at 3:30 p.m., my husband, Jiang Tianyong, was taken away from his younger brother’s home by people who identified themselves as officers from the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau. I have inquired about my husband’s whereabouts of Officer Ji Wenfeng of the Songyuan police station, but have gotten no response whatsoever.

On February 20, 2011 at about 1 a.m., Ji Wenfeng brought Li Fuxing and four other people, all of whom said they were from the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau, to search Jiang Tianyong’s younger brother’s home. One of them – he had a square-ish face – said, “I am from the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau. Jiang Tianyong is at our municipal bureau. Jiang Tianyong said his bag and computer were at his younger brother’s home. Jiang Tianyong is suspected of such-and-such crime, so please cooperate with us. Take his bag, computer and house key, and go with us to your house to conduct a search.” But he did not display any ID to show that he was a police officer of the Beijing Municipal Domestic Security Department. All he had was a blank search warrant with the stamp of the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau. One of the others dashed into the room and grabbed Jiang’s computer from the desk. On February 21, the same six people confiscated from Jiang Tianyong’s younger brother’s home a CPU and CDs, leaving behind an inventory of the confiscated items. It was signed by the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau’s Li Fuxing and Wang (character unclear)zheng and witnessed by Chen Haiwei. It has now been 51 days since Jiang Tianyong was taken away and I have had no word from or of him whatsoever.

My requests are as follows:

Based on the above facts, I ask the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau to fulfill its legal obligation to provide Jiang’s family with the following information:

1.    the reason Jiang Tianyong was taken away;

2.    the location where Jiang Tianyong is detained and his current condition, so that his relatives can hire a lawyer to provide legal assistance;

3.    whether the Public Security organs have employed any forceful measures against Jiang Tianyong and if so, what those measures were, and to provide his family with proof that legal procedures were followed as required by law.

From: Jin Bianling
Cell phone: 13911225074
Date: April 12, 2011

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