Name: Wang Wuqin (王武琴)
Hometown: Ganzhai Village, Dazhao Township, Chang’an District, Xi’an, Shaanxi Province
Profession(s): Farmer, shop-keeper
Detailed information and legal analysis can be found in the case files or Urgent Appeal, please see the files section on your right.
Human Rights work/background
Wang Wuqin is a long-time activist and petitioner from Xi’an City in Shaanxi Province. Seen as a leader by her community and by the local authorities, Wang is known for assisting and organizing petitioners, participating in local protests and playing a leadership role in these activities.
Wang Wuqin's human rights related work has mainly been to assist fellow villagers to petition, both by partaking in filing petitions as well as assisting others on how to utilize the 'letters and visits' system, the latter especially for women in the community. Has also worked to bring attention to the plights of women through the elected village leader, Gao Qiang, who is now detained together with Wang Wuqin.
Although she has been an active organizer and leader in the community, this is the first known detention and/or charge brought against her.
On February 27, 2010, Wang participated in a protest lead by the local village leader Gao Qiang at a local brick- and construction company. The company, which rents land in and around the village had continuously failed to provide compensation, which led to the protest. While protesting at the company site, a group of hired thugs attacked the protesters. Several days later, Wang and Gao was both detained by police and placed in detention in Xi'an city under the charge of “Picking quarrels and provoking troubles”.
Wang Wuqin as and Gao Qiang have both been afforded access to legal counsel, however their counsel has not been provided information in due time, and the actions of the procuratorate is in violation of existing procedural regulation for communication with legal counsel.
Wang's current outlook is not good, as the Procuratorate handed the case back to the Police for renewed investigation. This indicates that little evidence exists, and if more investigation is needed, it is also an indication that the charge is politically motivated. Furthermore, her legal counsel, Wang Quanzhang, did not receive any notification about the case being handed back to the Police, which violates procedural regulations. Also, the Procuratorate has not been answering their phone this since September 1, when the new/additional investigation was to be concluded, and no notice have been issued providing the police with an extension for concluding the investigation, which, again, is a violation of law.
- Date of detention: March 3, 2010
- Date of arrest: April 3, 2010
- Place of detention: Xian city level detention center (not at local district detention center)
- Jurisdiction: Chang’an Branch Police Station, Xian city, Shaanxi province
- Charge: 'Picking quarrels and provoking troubles'
- Case handed to Procuratorate: June 22, 2010
- Case sent back to Police for further investigation: August 1, 2010
- Case sent to court: October 11, 2010
- Trial dates: November 11, 2010 to February 21, 2011
- Date of verdict: April 1, 2011
- Legal counsel: Wang Quanzhang (王全章) (for Wang Wuqin), Dong Qianyong (董前勇) (for Gao Qiang)
- Current status: Convicted. 1 year and three months of imprisonment for Wang Wuqin, 2 years of imprisonment for Gao Qiang. No decision to appeal have at the time of writing been taken.
- Court of trial: Chang'an District Court (长安区法院), Xian city, Shaanxi province
All updates since posting
- April 1, 2011. Verdict is delivered, Wang sentenced to 1 year and three months of imprisonment, Gao to 2 years. No decision on whether to appeal have as of yet been taken.
- March 28, 2011: Chang'an Court announced that the trial of Wang and Gao will resume on April 1. This despite that the trial was concluded, with final pleadings provided, on January 20, 2011. The Judge earlier stated that a verdict was to be announced before commencement of Spring Festival (early February). No reason for this increasingly strange behavior have been provided.
- March 8, 2011: Despite the last deadline for delivering a verdict was passed on February 15, 2011, the court have yet to announce a verdict on the trial of Wang Wuqin and Gao Qiang. Originally the verdict was to have been delivered no later than December 15, 2010, and the current status of non-verdict is yet another breach of Chinese law and procedural regulations.
- January 21, 2011: Trial concluded at 19 (7pm) on January 20. Judge said verdict to be delivered before Spring Festival commences (February 2). Prosecutor threatened lawyer Wang while presenting his final pleadings for Wang Wuqin, adding yet another violation to the whole legal proceeding against Wang Wuqin and Gao Xiang.
- January 19, 2011: After a two hour morning session the judge adjourned the trial of Wang Wuqin and Gao Xiang again, now the 7th time. Trial to resume tomorrow (Thursday, January 20).
- January 14, 2011: After trial resumed on January 12, it was again adjourned on the 13th. This marks the 6th time the trial of Wang Wuqin and Gao Qiang has been adjourned.
- January 8, 2011: After trial proceedings on January 5 and 6, court adjourned again to be able to handle the many witnesses called by Wang and Gao Qiang's defense. Trial to resume on January 12.
- December 26. 2010: Trial of Wang Wuqin and Gao Qiang set to resume on January 5 or 6, 2011.
- December 16, 2010: Court informs lawyers that trial will not resume next week as planned.
- December 11, 2010: Four villagers were detained in Ganzhai village near Xian City a day before the trial of Gao Qiang and Wang Wuqin was set to continue (December 7). They have been detained in relation to the same incident Gao and Wang are currently standing trial for. The villagers, the first two of which are relatives of Gao Qiang, are Gao Shengli (高生力), Gao Puqiang (高普强), Liu Fei (刘飞), and Wang Jianmin (王建民).
- December 11, 2010: Zhao Yiping and the trial lawyer arrived in Beijing on December 10, International Human Rights Day, after driving from Xian for 13 hours and offered Dong Qianyong (董前勇) and Wang Quanzhang (王全章) (Gao Qiang and Wang Wuqin's defense lawyers) an apology for the attack on Dong earlier in the week. The incident has received coverage by local media who, mistakenly, has also reported that Wang Wuqin's lawyer, Beijing-based Wang Quanzhang, was also attacked.
- December 8, 2010: The trial of Wang Wuqin and Gao Qiang resumed yesterday (December 7) in Chang'an District Court, Xian city. The trial judge and chief justice had not arrived after 20 minutes past starting time, and Gao's lawyer Dong Qianyong asked Zhao Yiping, a court staff member to open the court to let the defendants and villagers there to view the proceeding wait inside. Zhao responded by slapping Dong on his ear. Zhao then tried to escape through a window after villagers became angry with his behavior, but could not and police had to arrive to take him to the Police station for safekeeping. During the actual trial session the trial judge interfered in the defense lawyers work, and called a one hour recess in the middle of the proceedings.
- November 28, 2010: The trial of Wang Wuqin will resume at 9am on December 7, 2010.
- November 12, 2010: The Chang'an court in Xian suspended the trial of Wang Wuqin on the same day it started, November 11. The trial must be concluded and verdict announced no later than December 10, 2010.
- October 11, 2010: The case of Wang Wuqin and Gao Qiang in Xian was, after a month of supplementary investigation by police, sent to the Court. Trial to begin within one month starting from October 11. Both are being charged with ' 'Picking Quarrels and Provoking Troubles''.
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