April 14, 2006

Petition Hu Jintao for Hao Wu’s immediate release

Filed under: Help us out, Petition — ethanz @ 10:15 pm

Many friends and supporters of Hao Wu have asked what they can do to hasten our friend’s release. Hundreds of you have put badges on your blogs and webpages to call attention to Hao Wu’s detention, and this support has helped generate media interest in the situation.

We’d hoped that media pressure would lead to Hu Jintao to release Hao prior to his upcoming meeting with President Bush. Unfortunately, this looks increasingly unlikely. So today we’re launching a letter-writing campaign and a petition to ask for Hao’s immediate release.

Rebecca launched the letter writing campaign earlier today, and we’re encouraging readers to write to their national governments, to the Chinese Ambassadors in their nation, to their local newspapers, and to Chinese President Hu Jintao. Her post offers key pieces of information to include in letters or op-eds as well some useful addresses.

We’ve also launched an online petition, demanding that President Hu Jintao release Hao immediately. The text of the petition reads:

We, the undersigned concerned citizens of the world, protest the detention without charge of Chinese filmmaker and blogger Wu Hao and call on the Chinese government to release him immediately.

Mr. Wu, a Chinese citizen and U.S. permanent resident alien known in the United States as “Hao Wu”, recently returned to live in China and produce independent documentaries. He was detained on February 22nd without being charged with any crime. Authorities have not given Wu Hao’s family an explanation for the detention despite numerous inquiries. According to China’s own Code of Criminal Procedure, a person cannot be held without charge or arrest for more than 37 days. His detention has substantially exceeded that period of time.

It is our understanding, based on speeches by China’s own leaders, that China aims to be a country governed by the rule of law. The detention of Mr. Wu without charge, and without access to a lawyer, would appear to be highly inconsistent with that aim.

If Mr. Wu has indeed broken the law, a country that respects the rule of law should uphold Mr. Wu’s right to legal procedure. His continued unlawful detention is a clear violation of his universally recognized human rights. We ask for his immediate release.

We’d ask anyone reading this post to please sign the petition and pass the URL onto friends who might be inclined to sign it as well. Your email address is required to sign the petition, but it won’t be published. If you’re able to translate the petition into another language, please let us know - we’d like to make the document available in as many languages as possible.

Thanks for your support and thanks for caring about our friend.

Letter writing campaign for Hao Wu

Filed under: Help us out, Write a letter — Rebecca MacKinnon @ 5:06 pm

Many people have been asking what they can do to help speed Hao Wu’s release. We were hoping that the Chinese government might release Hao before Chinese President Hu Jintao’s U.S. trip next week. However it’s becoming clear that won’t happen, and thus we are asking you to help call attention to Hao’s plight by writing letters calling for his release. Please note the following:

  • Hao Wu (surname Wu) was detained on February 22nd
  • Hao has not been charged with any crime.
  • He has not been formally arrested.
  • He has not been given access to a lawyer.
  • Authorities will not give any information about his location to the family.
  • According to China’s own Code of Criminal Procedure, a person cannot be held without charge or arrest for more than 37 days. His detention has well exceeded that period of time.
  • Please note in communications to U.S. media and politicians that Hao is a U.S. permanent resident.
  • Despite China’s economic progress which has improved the lives of millions of Chinese, Hao’s detention illustrates the continued disregard of the Chinese government for the rights of its citizens. See this recent letter by Human Rights Watch for details.
  • For more background:click here for list of recent press articles and blog posts about Hao’s case. Click here for exceprts of many of those articles as published on this site.

Who to send letters to:

1. If you are a U.S. citizen, write your congressional representative and senators, pointing out that Hao Wu’s continued detention without charge will be a black mark on the upcoming summit between President Bush and Chinese President Hu Jintao. Use this tool to find your representative:

2. Write Op-Eds and send letters to the editor to your local newspapers. Call in to radio and TV shows. Use this tool to find your local media organizations:
Contact the Media

3. f you are a U.S. citizen, please write U.S. President Bush and urge him to raise Hao’s case:

Web Site: www.whitehouse.gov
E-mail: president@whitehouse.gov
Washington Office:
1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20500
Phone: (202) 456-1414
Fax: (202) 456-2461

4. Write the Chinese Embassy in your country demanding Hao’s release. (Click here for a list of Chinese embassies around the world.) In the U.S. you can write:

Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
in the United States of America
2300 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
FAX: (202) 745-7473

5. Write Chinese President Hu Jintao

President Hu Jintao
Chinese Communist Party
Beijing 100032, PRC
(202) 745-7473

Original letters are the most effective. Please see Amnesty International’s letter writing guide for help with writing an effective, original letter on a human rights cause.

March 24, 2006

Help us collect and spread the news

Filed under: News, Help us out — Rebecca MacKinnon @ 3:06 pm

A number of journalists are working on articles about Hao Wu’s detention - over one month now without charge. We’re expecting to see a lot more stories coming out over the next 24 hours.
As the coverage comes out on the internet we will link to it on this site as much as possible. If you find stuff we may not know about, please e-mail it to freehaowu@gmail.com. Meanwhile, we’d like your help in broadcasting the world’s support for Hao’s case. Here’s what you can do:

If you write blog posts, make podcasts, or upload photos to Flickr related to Hao, please tag them in Technorati and Del.icio.us. In English please use: freehaowu and in Chinese with 释放吴皓. For instructions about how to tag blog posts in Technorati click here.

For the growing number of blog posts and news articles about Hao’s situation, see also here and here on Technorati, here on del.icio.us, and here on Google News.

Volunteer Translators: If you have good language skills and would like to translate Chinese articles about Hao into English and vice versa. Please feel free. If you have a blog, post the translation there and let us know, or if you don’t, email us the translation and we’ll post it here.

… and don’t forget to stick a Free Hao Wu badge on your website!

Note: Many people have asked about a petition or letter-writing campaign. We have not done either yet because we cannot escalate our campaign without the consent of Hao’s loved ones. But if and when the time comes, we’ll be sure to announce it here.

March 20, 2006

Free Hao Wu Badges

Filed under: Help us out — ethanz @ 10:08 am

If you’d like to direct people from your blog or webite to this site to call attention to Hao Wu’s detention, please feel free to use one of the badges provided below. You can copy and paste the images directly, or copy the code below each badge to add directly to your blog.

Free Hao Wu

Free Hao Wu