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
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.
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.