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HEALTH FEARS FOR DETAINED HONG KONG BOOKSELLER Gui Minhai was on a train headed to Beijing with two Swedish diplomats to seek formal diagnosis for a neurological condition when he was suddenly seized by approximately ten plainclothes officers. His current whereabouts are unknown, further increasing the risk of torture and other ill-treatment and concerns for his health. Gui Minhai was on a train from Ningbo to Beijing on 20 January 2018, accompanied by two Swedish diplomats helping him to get medical care, when he was suddenly taken away by approximately ten plainclothes officers. Gui Minhai, a Swedish national who had once run a large Chinese language publishing business in Hong Kong known for books exposing political scandals of Chinese leaders, has so far been denied all access to lawyers and consular officials. His case drew international attention after he first went missing in Thailand on 17 October 2015, about the same time that three of his company colleagues went missing. Another associate, Lee Bo, was taken away from Hong Kong on 30 December 2015. Gui Minhai later reappeared on Chinese state television in January 2016 to give a choreographed televised “confession” regarding an alleged traffic incident that took place in 2003. Many believe that the drunk driving charge was simply a pretence to detain Gui Minhai and shut down his publishing business. In October 2017, Gui Minhai was “released” after he had, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, “completely served the sentence imposed for a traffic offence”, however his daughter has since raised concerns that Gui Minhai remained under state surveillance and monitoring after his supposed release. Gui Minhai was going to Beijing to seek official diagnosis for what is believed to be ALS, a neurological condition also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and is in urgent need of medical care. According to his daughter, due to his neurological condition, Gui Minhai can no longer control his fingers on his left side, his right hand is experiencing problems, and he is now having difficulties walking.UA: 21/18 Index: ASA 17/7817/2018 China Date: 1 February 2018 URGENT ACTION HEALTH FEARS FOR DETAINED HONG KONG BOOKSELLER Gui Minhai was on a train headed to Beijing with two Swedish diplomats to seek formal diagnosis for a neurological condition when he was suddenly seized by approximately ten plainclothes officers. His current whereabouts are unknown, further increasing the risk of torture and other ill-treatment and concerns for his health. Gui Minhai was on a train from Ningbo to Beijing on 20 January 2018, accompanied by two Swedish diplomats helping him to get medical care, when he was suddenly taken away by approximately ten plainclothes officers. Gui Minhai, a Swedish national who had once run a large Chinese language publishing business in Hong Kong known for books exposing political scandals of Chinese leaders, has so far been denied all access to lawyers and consular officials. His case drew international attention after he first went missing in Thailand on 17 October 2015, about the same time that three of his company colleagues went missing. Another associate, Lee Bo, was taken away from Hong Kong on 30 December 2015. Gui Minhai later reappeared on Chinese state television in January 2016 to give a choreographed televised “confession” regarding an alleged traffic incident that took place in 2003. Many believe that the drunk driving charge was simply a pretence to detain Gui Minhai and shut down his publishing business. In October 2017, Gui Minhai was “released” after he had, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, “completely served the sentence imposed for a traffic offence”, however his daughter has since raised concerns that Gui Minhai remained under state surveillance and monitoring after his supposed release. Gui Minhai was going to Beijing to seek official diagnosis for what is believed to be ALS, a neurological condition also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and is in urgent need of medical care. According to his daughter, due to his neurological condition, Gui Minhai can no longer control his fingers on his left side, his right hand is experiencing problems, and he is now having difficulties walking. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION The Mighty Current Media and the Causeway Bay Bookstore that Gui Minhai led were known for their books on Chinese leaders and political scandals, which are banned in mainland China but are popular with mainland Chinese tourists visiting Hong Kong. The detention and disappearances of Gui Minhai and the other booksellers had a chilling effect on the climate for freedom of expression and publishing in Hong Kong and the Chinese-speaking world. The detention of Gui Minhai once again has raised serious concerns in the international community. The Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström issued a statement that called for the “immediate release of our fellow citizen, and that he be given the opportunity to meet Swedish diplomatic and medical staff”. The European Union’s External Action Service reiterated Sweden’s expectation that Gui Minhai be released and called on the Chinese authorities to “…reunite with his family and to receive consular and medical support in line with his rights”. The United States called on the Chinese authorities to “to explain the reasons and legal basis for Mr. Gui’s arrest and detention, disclose his whereabouts, and allow him freedom of movement and the freedom to leave China”.


Dear minister Chen Wenqing Skriv ut

As an Swedish journalist I urge the authotities to release Gui Minhai and drop the charges against him unless there is sufficient credible and admissible evidence that he has committed an internationally recognized offence and is granted a fair trial in line with international standards. I also urge you to grant Gui Minhai prompt, regular and unrestricted access to medical care on request or as necessary and ensure that Gui Minhai has unrestricted access to consular officials, a lawyer of his choice and his family.

Yours respectfully,


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Skicka innan den 15 mars till: Minister of State Security Chen Wenqing 14 Dongchang’anjie Dongchengqu Beijing Shi 100741 People’s Republic of China Tel: +86 10 66262114 (Chinese only) Salutation: Dear Minister