Since stating [zh] on August 3rd that she was going to be made to leave Beijing and soon after falling silent on Twitter, home-arrested blogger Zeng Jinyan has returned! She posted several tweets today about where she was held after having been taken to meet with her husband Hu Jia.
Previously Zeng Jinyan had posted a photoshopped picture of the Adidas ad showing former Olympic diver Hu Jia wearing a t-shirt showing Zeng and her husband made by a friend of the couple. There was also a birthday celebration held for Hu Jia on his 35th birthday last month which was ‘attended’ by a small number of Chinese and foreign Twitter users who changed their avatars to display headshots of Hu, but Zeng’s post today, titled simply ‘The latest situation,’ shows there hasn’t been anything of late worth celebrating:
On August 7 I was taken to Tianjin to see Hu Jia, taken to Dalian on the 8th, and brought home to Beijing on the 23rd. Sixteen days I’ve been out of the loop, and I’m thankful to all friends who have been looking out for us, but the baby and I have safely returned home. Things are still the same here, there are plainclothes police officers in the courtyard and at all the exits.
August 7 I met with Hu Jia and learned that letters he’d been recently sending home were getting confiscated by the prison. I still haven’t received those family letters, so it’s possible the situation has not improved.
One of the staff at the prison affairs office told me that while a public trial meeting was being held for one of the convicts (based on what that prison staffer said, public trial meetings are a way of maintaining total control over convicts who make mistakes or break the law once they’ve already landed in prison; all convicts are made to watch and learn, as a kind of education), and Hu Jia had said that the prison’s methods infringe upon convicts’ dignity and human rights. He didn’t just make his disagreement known to the prison, he also began spreading his views around among other convicts, which created difficulties for the prison staff; they hoped that his family members would work with the prison and persuade Hu Jia to stop looking at things so one-sidedly, to stop repeating the same things, and to stop having “undesirable influence”.
Then I found out that Hu Jia had been “arranged” to go rake up leaves in the sun by himself, for seven hours every day, later with another inmate being sent out to assist. A book I’d sent Hu Jia before, “International Human Rights Treaties and the Protection of Prisoner’s Rights” (a legal book, published by China Procuratorate Publishing House), had been confiscated by the prison and was returned to the family. The letters that were confiscated were not returned to Hu Jia.
Hu Jia normally writes at least one letter a week each to his mother, me, and the baby. But from August 1 until now, we haven’t received a single letter. which is very unusual. Right now we don’t know when we’ll be able to meet again with Hu Jia, we can only fight for that to be as soon as possible. Even to this day the prison has yet to send our family the notice needed to arrange a visit; on previous visits, the guobao would only say each meeting was a “special occasion”.
Zeng also today uploaded a picture of her baby, Hu Qianci, to TwitPic:
from: global voices advocacy