Regulations on Letters and Visits in Shenzhen (draft)
was submitted to the Standing Committee of
the Shenzhen People’s Congress for review.
The regulation forbids self-injury and suicide.
Life is precious for everyone.
Why would the petitioners abuse themselves like that?
Will the new regulation bring harmony and justice
to Chinese society?
Let’s hear what Chinese people have to say.
Some Chinese scholars called the petitioners “lunatics.”
Police would stop them at the railway station or
at the entrance of the Letters and Visits office.
Some petitioners detained are put in “black jails,”
some in labor camps.
Some even died in labor camps abruptly.
The new draft of the regulation forbids petitioners
to wear disgusting attire.
Ms. Yuan, a petitioner from Shandong:
“Who wants to risk his or her life?
Life is more precious than anything else.
But we have no way out and no one to turn to.
When people were deprived of everything,
All they could do is to commit suicide.
They wouldn’t want to hurt others.
So they would hurt themselves.”
Peng Jian, attorney for Zhao Lianhai, parent of tainted
milk powder victim, is against the draft regulation.
Peng Jian: “To have a regulation like that is to violate
people’s right of free expression.
I don’t think it is proper. I am against it.
People’s right for expression should be protected.”
Petitioning has become a social phenomenon in
all major cities in China. Will suppression stop it?
Ms. Yang of Shenzhen: “People are helpless.
Now I can fully understand it. In the past,
when I saw them in the news, I would think,
Oh, they are so stupid.
Now I see that they are in a desperate situation and
forced to take the last resort.
We really need a channel to vent the grievances.”
The disparity between the rich and poor is escalating.
Social conflicts worsened by the corruption and
collusion between the officials and business people.
Each year, tens of thousands of uprisings took place
around the country.
The problems that need addressing focus on
house and land properties, health and life safeties,
and social justice issues, such as unpaid wage or
The Qian Yunhui case that shocked the nation last year
was a reflection of the conflicts in land seizure issue.
NTD reporters Chang Chun, Zhao Xinzhi, and Zhou Xiqi 。