August 5, 2021

The wife of a Taiwanese activist arrested in China blames Beijing for inhumane treatment

The wife of a Taiwanese activist arrested in China blames Beijing for inhumane treatment



The wife of Taiwanese activist Lee Ming-che, arrested and sentenced in China for "subversion against the power of the state," reported that her husband is made to work ten hours a day, given food in poor condition and has no shelter for the cold.

Lee Ching-yu, the activist's wife, said her husband had lost a lot of weight and that his health was in danger, during a press conference held late on Monday in Taipei, after visiting her husband on December 18 at the prison in Chishan, in the Chinese province of Hunan, in the center-east of the country.

"Lee Ming-che has suffered a very severe weight loss and is angry about the treatment he received in prison," Lee Ching-yu was quoted as saying by the Taiwanese news agency CNA.

The place where he is imprisoned Lee is in a cold area, with temperatures of five degrees on average and where snow is expected this week, so his wife fears for his health.

Since the activist was transferred from prison, for ten days, and then returned to Chishan, they have not provided him with shelter and have frozen his current account, so he can not buy winter clothes or food to supply the penitentiary ranch said his wife.

Lee Ming-che, 43, was convicted of "subversion of state power" for criticizing China's government and political system in online discussion groups, and sentenced in November 2017 to five years in prison.

China has not allowed Lee Ming-che to communicate with his family by telephone or letters since he was arrested almost two years ago when entering China on a private trip.

Taiwanese human rights organizations say Beijing has violated international human rights standards and even its own Prisons Law.

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