Opponent of Coercive Family Planning Policies Tortured Again

November 29, 2004

Human Rights in China (HRIC) reports that security officials continue to torture Mao Hengfeng, an opponent of China's coercive family planning policies. Sentenced in April 2004 to one-and-a-half years of reeducation through labor (RETL) for petitioning the government after she was fired for resisting pressure to have an abortion, Ms. Mao was tortured by RETL authorities at a Shanghai camp, see an October 2004 HRIC report. HRIC now has learned that camp authorities have since stepped up their mistreatment of Ms. Mao, evidently to coerce her into acknowledging wrongdoing.