|Gao Zhisheng, who Huang Yan
assisted. (Photo: China Aid)
Reported in Chinese by Qiao Nong. Translated by Carolyn Song.
(Guangzhou, Guangdong—Nov. 10, 2016) The medical team of a political activist suffering from advanced cancer abruptly canceled a critical operation the day before it was scheduled and demanded that she leave the hospital.
Huang Yan, a 49-year-old pro-democracy dissident who has assisted many prisoners of conscience, was recently discharged from the hospital despite needing a crucial surgery. Initially, her physicians agreed on the necessity of an operation, since she suffers from advanced cancer, diabetes, and other threatening diseases; however, the day before the surgery, they suddenly refused to perform it, saying that the head of the hospital did not agree, and discharged her.
In April, Beijing lawyer Shang Baojun visited Huang at a detention center in Foshan, Guangdong. At that time, he found her physical condition troubling, and her family asked the detention center to release her medical reports. Their request was refused.
On Nov. 27, 2015, authorities arrested Huang on falsified allegations of spreading false terrorist information. Earlier this year, Huang was transferred to Guangzhou No. 2 Detention Center, and her charge was changed to “obstructing official business.” She was tried on July 28.
Authorities started targeting Huang in 2005, when she began helping Gao Zhisheng, a persecuted human rights lawyer. Since then, she has stood up for the rights of Tang Jingling, Guo Feixiong, and lawyer Pu Zhiqiang. Officials also reportedly sued her for upholding human rights in a land dispute case.
China Aid reports on abuses, such as those suffered by Huang Yan, in order to stand with the persecuted and promote human rights and religious freedom in China.