Absence of information concerning the location of Ms. Zeng Jinyan

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
Brief description of the situation:

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the absence of information concerning the location of Ms. Zeng Jinyan, a Beijing-based human rights activist and wife of Mr. Hu Jia[1], since August 7, 2008. According to the information received, all efforts taken to contact Ms. Zeng Jinyan since the eve of the Olympics Opening Ceremony have failed.

The Observatory fears that Ms. Zeng Jinyan might have been taken away from Beijing to ensure that no journalists have access to her and that she would not be able to give interviews during the Olympic Games.

Ms. Zeng Jinyan has been under intermittent residential surveillance for the last two years by police from the Beijing Public Security Bureau (PSB), and this surveillance has been strengthened since the detention of her husband on December 27, 2007 (See Background information). Lately, journalists who attempted to visit her at her apartment were turned back by security forces.[continues…]

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