|November 7, 2012|
Xinna, wife of Hada
As the long imprisoned Southern (Inner) Mongolian dissident Mr. Hada continues to be kept under extrajudicial detention in a secret prison in China, his wife Xinna and son Uiles have disappeared again sometime over the past two weeks.
Phone calls to Xinna and Uiles remain unanswered or answered with automatic messages stating “no such number exists” or “the phone is powered off”. Over a period of about two weeks prior to their latest disappearance, Xinna and Uiles managed to get appeals out to the international community by giving interviews to several news agencies calling attention to the violation of their human rights and the authorities’ refusal to address Hada’s deteriorating health condition.
In an interview with SMHRIC on October 22, 2012, Xinna mentioned that the local police had threatened to arrest her if she continued to answer interviews from foreign news media.
“There is still such a possibility, but I have nothing to be afraid of right now even though we are living a very difficult life,” Xinna told SMHRIC when asked whether these recent interviews would become a pretext for the Chinese authorities to arrest and detain them again.
Xinna was taken away by police on December 3, 2010, a week before her husband Hada’s scheduled release date after serving his 15-year long prison sentence. After 16 months detention at the Inner Mongolia No.1 Detention Center, Xinna was sentenced to 3 years in jail with 5 years reprieve on a trumped-up charge of “engaging in illegal business”. Shortly after the trial she was discharged from detention and placed under what is called “monitoring in the residency”, a form of house arrest.
Two days after Xinna’s arrest in December 2010, Uiles was also taken away by police under an accusation of “illegal drug possession”. After about a year of detention, he was transferred to house arrest with an alleged term of one year. In the absence of any solid evidence to support their accusation, the Chinese authorities dismissed the accusation to Uiles, but continued to put him under house arrest along with his mother in their residency.
In 2002, Uiles was also sentenced to two years in jail on a trumped-up charge of “robbery”. During the imprisonment, Uiles was tortured and pressured to cut ties to his parents.
Over a noisy telephone connection, Mr. Haschuluu, uncle of Hada, stated, “I have lost contact with Xinna, Uiles and their relatives for at least six months. My request to visit Hada has continually been denied. I have contacted the Hohhot City Public Security Bureau about the whereabouts of Xinna and Uiles. They refused to tell me about this.” Haschuluu lives in eastern Southern Mongolia’s Ulaanhad (“Chifeng” in Chinese) City where Hada served his 15-year imprisonment.
Haschuluu told SMHRIC that the Public Security and State Security authorities in Ulaanhad had cut off his phone line, and tapped and interfered with his cell phone.
“I urged them multiple times to restore my phone line. Not only do they continue to ignore my requests but also they threaten me with arrest and detention,” Haschuluu added.