On 23 April 2021, #ChenYunfei ‘s
family received a notice of his criminal detention, on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble". He is currently detained in Detention Center of Pidu District, Chengdu City. The police took him away on 25 March 2021. Since then, he has lost contact with his family and friends.
姓名：陳雲飛 （Chen Yunfei）
Name: Chen Yunfei (陳雲飛）
Date of birth: 13 August 1967
Occupation: Human rights activist
Date of detention: 25 March 2021
Place of detention: Chen went for a walk with his mother and was approached by persons not in police uniform, saying that he was summoned to the police station for investigation and they took him away. Since then, he has lost contact with his family and friends.
Ground of detention: Picking quarrels and provoking trouble
Date of formal arrest: On 23 April 2021, he was criminally detained for “picking quarrels and provoking trouble".
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Location of detention/imprisonment: Detention Center of Pidu District, Chengdu City
In the evening of 25 March 2021, Chen Yunfei was taking a walk with his mother in Chengdu City. They were approached by some people not in police uniform, saying that Chen was summoned to the police station for investigation and they took him away. Since then, he has lost contact with his family and friends.
When Chen’s mother got home that night, a group of people came to search their home and the same happened the next day, without giving her a reason. According to her observation, these “officers” looked and behaved like security guards or grassroots-level officers in the local community. It is believed that Chen is kept in custody as Ching Ming Festival (Tomb Sweeping Day, 4 April) is approaching and the authorities fear that he might do something to attract media attention.It was until 23 April, his family received a notice of his criminal detention, on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble". He is currently detained in Detention Center of Pidu District, Chengdu City.
Chen took part in the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, graduated from China Agricultural University in the early 1990s and is a human rights defender in Sichuan Province. On the 18th anniversary of June 4th Massacre in 2007, he had published on the “Chengdu Evening News” an advertisement to pay “Tribute to the brave mothers of the 64 victims" and was taken away by the police from his home. He was then detained for six months under residential surveillance on suspicion of inciting subversion of state power.
On 25 March 2015, Chen Yunfei and more than 20 other people went to sweep the graves of Xiao Jie and Wu Guofeng, students who were killed in Tiananmen Massacre in 1989 in Xinjin County, Sichuan Province. On their way back, they were taken away by the police and after some 30 days, the police informed Chen that he was detained under criminal law and would be charged with “picking quarrels and provoking trouble and inciting subversion of state power". The procuratorate withdrew the charge of “inciting subversion of state power" later. On 31 March 2017, Chen Yunfei was sentenced to four years in prison for “picking quarrels and provoking trouble" by the Wuhou District People’s Court in Chengdu City. He was released from prison in March 2019.
In September 2019, Chen Yunfei was interviewed by foreign media. He commented that Hong Kong people’s non-violent and civil disobedience in resisting “the extradition bill" was admirable. He praised Hong Kong people for being a model of the mainland Chinese people, and criticized the Hong Kong police for brutally assaulting the students. After the broadcast, the state security officers in Chengdu City took him away, later released him on bail on 19 October 2019. On 31 May 2020, Chen Yunfei was again taken away from his home in Chengdu, for attending a video conference to commemorate the victims of the Tiananmen Massacre. He was only released after 4 June 2020.
For more information:
Chen Yunfei’s twitter account: https://twitter.com/chenyunfei8964
Updated: 24 April 2021