Monday, May 16, 2011

43 Days in Detention, Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei Allowed to See Family

New York Times (The Associated Press) reported that "The sister of the detained Chinese artist Ai Weiwei said Monday that he had been allowed his first family visit in 43 days.

The Beijing police took Mr. Ai’s wife, Lu Qing, to an undisclosed location Sunday night where she was able to see and talk briefly with her husband.

The sister, Gao Ge, said Ms. Lu reported that Mr. Ai seemed healthy and was being given access to medication that he needs. Ms. Gao said the police had still not told the family where Mr. Ai was being held. She said the family was relieved to know he was well, but hoped the government could clarify what was going on with his case."

This is a relief.  However, the detention, over 30 days limitation without formal charge, is clearly in violation of Chinese law and the Chinese authority who's holding Ai ought to release him immediately.

Human rights demonstrators carrying a picture of Mr. Ai outside the China Liaison Office in Hong Kong on 5 April 2011.

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