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Chinese Surgeon Jiang Yanyong Released from House Arrest
March 23, 2005
The CHR was relieved and gratified to learn privately from reliable sources that the Chinese government quietly released Dr. Jiang Yanyong from house arrest yesterday. Dr. Jiang has been unable to leave his home without permission or supervision since he was released from military custody eight months ago. Dr. Jiang was arbitrarily detained after he wrote a letter to high-level members of the Chinese government urging them to publicly state that the June 4, 1989, military assault on civilians in Tiananmen Square was a mistake. He was never charged with a crime.
It is our understanding that Dr. Jiang is forbidden to exercise his fundamental right to freedom of expression. At the time of his release from house arrest, Chinese authorities reportedly warned him that neither he nor his relatives are to have any contact with the press.
Dr. Jiang’s family expressed profound gratitude to the CHR “for supporting and helping him during the last many months.” We would like to thank the many correspondents who wrote letters of appeal to the Chinese authorities in Dr. Jiang’s behalf. It would appear that the international pressure that was brought to bear on this case played an important role in securing his release during U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice’s visit to China.
For detailed background on Dr. Jiang’s case, please click on his case summary.