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.


  1. Free Hao Wu (surname Wu)
    He 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.

    Comment by caryl — April 15, 2006 @ 3:15 pm

  2. I send you an Spanish version of the petition. I wanto to advise you that I am not a profesional translator.

    Los abajo firmantes, ciudadanos activos del mundo protestamos por la detención sin cargos del realizador de películas y “blogger” Wu Hao y reclamamos al gobierno chino su inmediata liberación. El Sr Wu, ciudadano chino con residencia permanente en los Estados Unidos de América, donde se le conoce como “Hao Wu”,fue detenido el 22 de febrero sin que se le acusase de crimen alguno después de regresar a China para vivir y producir documentales independientes. A pesar de las numerosas peticiones, la familia de Wu Hao no ha recibido ninguna explicación por parte de las autoridades. Según el Código de Procedimiento Criminal Chino, ninguna persona puede permanecer bajo arresto sin cargos más de 37 días. Este periodo de tiempo ha sido superado con creces en este caso.
    A nuestro parecer, que se apoya en conversaciones con los propios dirigentes chinos, China aspira a ser una nación gobernada bajo el imperio de la ley. Sin embargo, la detención sin cargos y sin acceso a asistencia letrada del sr. Wu es completamente incongruente con ese objetivo. Si realmente el sr. Wu ha quebrantado la ley, en cualquier nación sometida al imperio de la ley, se le reconocería su derecho a un correcto procedimiento legal. Su prolongada e ilegítima detención es una clara violación de los derechos humanos universalmente reconocidos. Pedimos la liberación inmediata del sr. Wu.

    Comment by Javier Cuenca David — April 26, 2006 @ 9:10 am

  3. Hope… hope… hope…

    I request and hope for him.

    Comment by MarK B. — June 10, 2006 @ 6:05 pm

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