A Letter from Detained Labour Activist Wu Guijun's Wife Exposes China's Hypocrisy
On March 13, 2019, detained Chinese labour activist Wu Guijun’s wife, Zhou Yuzhi, takes a swipe at government officials by posting a handwritten letter on WeChat, reiterating that her husband’s arrest is a violation of basic labour rights and civil rights.
According to Zhou, Wu Guijun was rejected to meet with this lawyer on two occasions since his official arrest on 26 February, which made her very disappointed with the rule of law in Shenzhen. She questioned such rejection to Wu’s access to legal representation, also goes against Xi Jinping's emphasize on "ruling the country according to law."
In the latter part of the letter, Zhou Yuzhi expresses her support for Wu Guijun, saying that she deeply loves Wu Guijun and stresses that he did not commit any crime. She believes that Wu is an upright person and hopes that he will return home as soon as possible. Zhou Yuzhi also hopes that the Shenzhen Government can respect the law and protect Wu Guijun's civil rights in accordance with the law, so that he can freely appoint legal representative. She warns that if the Shenzhen police did not respect Wu’s legal rights in accordance with the law, she will consider taking the case to Guangzhou.
In fact, Wu Guijun’s encounter is not an isolate incident. Among the other four labour activists under criminal detention since January, only He Yuancheng was able to meet with his laywer once. In addition, workers and supporters of the Jasic workers struggle who have been criminally detained since late August are also denied access to legal representation.
On 21 March, 2019, I was informed by the lawyer that the Shenzhen National Security refused Wu Guijun to meet with his lawyer again. This is the second time since his formal arrest on 26 February, 2019. I am deeply disappointed with the rule of law in Shenzhen. Regardless of whether or not Wu constitutes a crime, once a person is arrested, shouldn’t he be permitted to appoint legal representation and hire a lawyer freely in accordance with the spirit of “ruling the country according to law”? If this is denied, what kind of rule of law is that? As the window of China's Economic Reforms and Opening Up Policy, how can Shenzhen disregard the laws of the country? As Wu Guijun's wife, I deeply believe that Wu Guijun is not guilty. I love my husband. He is an upright person. I hope that he will return home as soon as possible. I hope that the Shenzhen police will respect the law and protect Wu Guijun's human rights in accordance with the law; protect his rights to hire a lawyer freely. If the Shenzhen Police does not protect Wu’s rights in accordance with the law, I will consider taking the case to Guangzhou and sue them.
13 March. 2019