Guo Xiaojun's Situation Included in United Nations Annual Report

Paris, June 26, 2011

On February 14, 2011, the United Nations "Report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief" by Mr. Heiner Bielefeldt, who was appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council to write the report, included the story of Guo Xiaojun, which concerns the human rights situation in China.

We, the International Federation for Justice in China, strongly condemn the Chinese communist regime, and demand the immediate release of Guo Xiaojun.

Following is an excerpt of the report:

Allegations transmitted to the Government

54. The Special Procedures mandate holders brought to the attention of the Government information regarding Mr. Guo Xiaojun, a Falun Gong practitioner from Shanghai. According to information received, Mr. Guo Xiaojun started practicing Falun Gong in 1997. Guo Xiaojun worked formerly as a lecturer in the Computer Science Department of Shanghai Jiaotong University, however, he was dismissed in 2001 after his arrest and conviction for having distributed literature about Falun Gong. On 16 December 2004, Guo Xiaojun was released from a labor camp.

55. On 7 January 2010, Guo Xiaojun was re-arrested by the police of the Domestic Security Division, Baoshan District Public Security Bureau. Several policemen searched his home and confiscated his laptop computer, mobile phone, books and other personal belongings. Guo Xiaojun has since been detained in the Shanghai Baoshan District Detention Center.

56. On 18 January 2010, the director of the Domestic Security Division and another policeman took Guo Xiaojun into a special interrogation room in the Baoshan District Detention Center and interrogated him from 2:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Subsequently, Guo Xiaojun was taken into another special interrogation room in the Detention Center and was interrogated non-stop by a team of policemen from 5:45 p.m. on 18 January 2010 to 2:30 p.m. the following day without being allowed to sleep. The police allegedly forced him to confess through sleep deprivation and by refusing to provide him with food. When Guo Xiaojun tried to support his head with his hands, the police officer violently pushed away his hands. Furthermore, the police reportedly threatened to arrest his wife Xu Wenxin, who is also a Falun Gong practitioner, and to send their young child back to his hometown if Guo Xiaojun did not confess.

57. In February 2010, his defense attorney terminated the contract with Guo Xiaojun allegedly under the threats of the Beijing Judicial Bureau. One official of the Beijing Judicial Bureau had reportedly warned the defense attorney that he could no longer practice as a lawyer if he continued to represent Guo Xiaojun.

58. On 6 July 2010, the Shanghai Baoshan District Court tried Guo Xiaojun and sentenced him to four years’ imprisonment. The basis of the conviction was Guo Xiaojun’s confession obtained through threats and ill-treatment. Guo Xiaojun declared he would retract his confession and said that this confession was obtained through threats and torture, however, his speech was cut short by the judge. Guo Xiajun has appealed against the court verdict. His wife also filed complaints with the police, the court and prosecutors, however, the authorities have reportedly not responded to those complaints.

(b) No response received from the Government

(c) Observations by the Special Rapporteur

59. The Special Rapporteur regrets that he has so far not received a reply from the Government of China concerning the above mentioned allegations. The Special Rapporteur shares the concerns of his predecessor with regard to the continued violations of freedom of religion or belief suffered by Falun Gong practitioners in China (see E/CN.4/2005/61, paras. 37-38; E/CN.4/2006/5/Add.1, para. 109; A/HRC/4/21/Add.1, para. 88; A/HRC/7/10/Add.1, para. 32; A/HRC/10/8/Add.1, para. 22; A/HRC/13/40/Add.1, paras. 71-74).

60. Furthermore, the Special Rapporteur would like to take this opportunity to refer to the chapter on “Religious minorities and new religious movements” in the report to the fourth session of the Human Rights Council (see A/HRC/4/21, paras. 43-47) and to his framework for communications, more specifically to the international human rights norms and to the mandate practice concerning discrimination on the basis of religion or belief (see para. 1 above, category B. 1.).

For more information, please see:

http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/docs/16session/A.HRC.16.53.Add.1_EFonly.pdf 

http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/docs/17session/A-HRC-17-30-Add1_EFS.pdf

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meetdocs/2009_2014/documents/droi/dv/201/201105/20110526_410addendum_en.pdf