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2010-10-28

Wang Sen (王森)

Work Location

Sichuan Province

 

Date of Birth

1966

 

Current Status

Freed after completing prison sentence

 

Introduction

Wang Sen has been a reporter as well as an author. He has consistently defended the rights of farmers and workers, and in 2000 he participated in Sichuan Democratic Party activities. Additionally, he defended the legal rights of workers at Qinghua Steelworks in Wanyuan. In May 2002, the Dazhou City Intermediate People’s Court sentenced him to ten years in prison for the crime of inciting subversion of state power. Furthermore, he was deprived of his political rights for three years.

Wang Sen refused to plead guilty, so he was not able to get a reduced sentence. Previously, he was also treated as having a mental disorder and was confined to a mental health institution. Wang Sen suffers from diabetes and declining vision, but most of the meals served in prison contained noodles or rice that had gone bad. As a result, his health steadily declined day by day. His family members applied many times for Wang Sen’s release on medical grounds, but never obtained approval. When they tried to go visit him they were repeatedly prevented from doing so. In the winter of 2008, Wang Sen’s family tried many times to give him warmer clothes to wear, but the jail police confiscated them without cause. Additionally, he was deprived of the right to communicate with his family members. Wang Sen’s situation caught the attention of rights defense groups in Europe, and European and Chinese diabetes health observation groups held fundraisers in Europe to raise funds for a surgical operation for Wang Sen.

After being imprisoned for more than nine years, Wang Sen was finally freed on July 2, 2012.

 

Specializations

Falun Gong Cases

 

Cases Handled

2010    Wanyuan Qinghua Steelworks worker’s defense case

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