Successfully Rescued: Young Chinese Democratic Party Leader Yuan Bin Arrives in the United

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Caring for China Center News C December 14, Providence, RI C Yuan Bin,

a young leader of the Chinese Democratic Party (CDP) who was

handicapped in prison, has successfully departed China and arrived in the U.S. on December 14.

Yuan Bin, 26, having been educated in Belarus, became one of the earliest members of the CDP in 1998.

On November 9, 1998, the Tianjin branch of the CDP was founded. A few

days later Yuan was introduced into the Party by Xu Wenli and Qin

Yongmin. By December he had been arrested and sentenced to two years

in prison.

After Yuan's release on December 14, 2002, he was instructed by CDP

leader He Depu to go to Southeast Asia and expand CDP organizations

there. Because Yuan was effective, he soon attracted the attention of

Chinese officials in Thailand. In June 2002 the Chinese kidnapped Yuan

and returned him to China along the Mekong River, setting a dangerous

precedent for the abduction abroad of Chinese dissidents. On June 20

of that year, Yuan entered the Zhenjiang city jail. Chinese agents

suspected that Yuan knew many CDP secrets and tortured him. In the

course of his imprisonment Yuan's spine was damaged, causing permanent

handicap. His skeletal deformities have also affected his heart

functions. The Chinese government then sentenced him to 21 months of

reeducation by hard labor.

On January 9, 2004, Yuan was released. Since then, whether he was

furthering his studies or visiting his ailing mother, he was

constantly harassed by Chinese policemen and on several occasions

detained.

In November of this year, exile organizations of the CDP, in order to

ensure Yuan's safety, secretly transferred him to the

China-Myanmar-Laos border. He immediately established a CDP exile

branch in Myanmar. When he entered Thailand on December 2, he was

detained by Thai police in Chiang Saen of Chiang Rae Province.

On December 3, 2004, the overseas exiles headquarters of the CDP was

established, and Yuan was elected as the youngest member of the

party's executive committee. On the same day the headquarters learned

of Yuan's detention and immediately contacted the U.S. government,

former Human Rights Watch president Robert Bernstein, and Duihua

Foundation president John Kamm for aid. Subsequently the CDP contacted

the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Washington D.C.

and Bangkok. With the help of these organizations and individuals,

plus the Diocese of Providence's Office of Community Services and

Advocacy, Yuan Bin has arrived in Providence, RI on December 14. Xu Wenli of the CDP overseas headquarters and Caring for China Center, on

behalf of all exiled members of the CDP, would like to welcome Yuan

Bin and thank these friends as well as the Thai government who have

done so much to ensure Yuan's safety.

For more information, contact Xu Wenli:

O4018639768

H4012745120

(12/14/2004 17:12)