Imprisonment Timeline High Light

Timeline Dr. Yang Jianli, president of the Foundation for China in the 21 century; participated in Tiananmen Square Uprising in 1989; his name was on a PRC blacklist of 49 Chinese pro-democracy activists, who were barred from entering China.
2002
04/18 flew from Boston to Beijing for a 10-day visit to his homeland after 13 years of forced exile.
04/19
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traveled to Beijing and other northeastern part of the country rocked by protests of unemployed workers.
04/26 called his wife from Kunming to tell her that he was put in a hotel after being stopped at the airport.
04/28 officially arrested by Beijing Bureau of the National Public Security.
05/23 Christina was stopped at a Beijing airport and was sent back to the United States.
06/26 The World Movement for Democracy issued a “democracy alert” for Yang Jianli.
08/23 Amnesty International issued an urgent action appeal on Yang Jianli.
12/23 Amnesty International issued second urgent action appeal on Yang Jianli.
2003
02/13 Yang’s family hired Mo Shaoping, a prominent Chinese criminal defense lawyer.
02/21 Eleven members of Congress write to Hu Jintao request release of Yang Jianli in conjunction with Secretary of State Colin Powell’s visit to Beijing: Sen. Ted Kennedy, Sen. John Kerry, Rep. Michael Capuano, Rep. Chris Cox, Rep. William Delahunt, Rep. Barney Frank, Rep. Tom Lantos, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Ed Royce, Rep. Chris Smith and Rep. Chris Van Hollen.
02/27 Six members of Congress write to Secretary Colin Powell request his intercede on behalf of Yang Jianli: Rep. Dan Burton, Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart , Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher and Rep. Chris Smith.
04/11 In the U.S. House of Representatives, a bipartisan group of 12 Members of Congress (Neil Abercrombie, Michael Capuano, Christopher Cox, William Delahunt, Barney Frank, Tom Lantos, Edward Markey, James McGovern, John Olver, Joseph Pitts, Dana Rohrabacher, and Christopher Smith) introduced a resolution H.Res.199 calling for his release.
04/24
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Candlelight Vigil marking the first anniversary of Yang’s detention was held in Boston, Washington D.C., New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Taipei, Australia, New Zealand, France, and Holland.
05/11 Drs. Yang Jianli and Christina Fu Received Spirituality and Justice Award from All Saints Parish in Brookline.
05/28 United Nations working group on arbitrary detention ruled that Yang Jianli has been held by the Chinese government in violation of international law.
05/31 Yang Jianli receives the 17th Award from Chinese Democracy Education Foundation.
06/04 The Beijing Bureau of the Ministry of State Security completed the investigation.
06/04 Congress members Rep. Christopher Cox, Rep. Barney Frank, Rep. Michael E. Capuano and Yang Jianli’s wife Christina Fu held a press conference and announced the ruling of UN’s working group on arbitrary detention.
06/05 The PRC responded stating they are acting fully in accordance with law.
06/05 The U.S. State Department, through spokesman Phillip Reeker, formally called for Dr. Yang’s release.
06/10 Martin Callanan MEP (UK), Roger Helmer MEP (UK), and Lennart Sacredeus MEP (Sweden) wrote to President Hu Jintao.
06/25 The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.Res.199 by 412-0 and the U.S. Senate introduced S.Res.184.
06/26 China says US criticism ‘unacceptable’.
07/08 Yang Jianli met lawyer Mo Shaoping the first time after his 14 months solitary confinement.
07/14 Yang Jianli is indicted by the Chinese government on charges of espionage and crossing the national border illegally.
07/29 U.S. Senate Unanimously Passes Resolution Demanding Release of Imprisoned Chinese Activist Yang Jianli.
08/04 A court in Beijing held a 3-hour closed-door trial without a verdict. Yang Jianli pleaded not guilty and his lawyer defended not guilty on both charges. A verdict is expected in six weeks.
08/04 The United States called on China to free Yang Jianli. “We’ve raised the case repeatedly with senior Chinese officials, and we urge that Dr Yang be released and allowed to return to his family here in the United States,” US State Department deputy spokesman Philip Reeker said.
10/16 36 Members of Congress Urge President Bush Raise Dr. Yang Jianli’s Case in his Meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao.
12/05 Eight senators, including three members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, asked President Bush in a letter to discuss the case of Boston scholar Yang Jianli with the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.
12/05 33 members of the U.S. House sent a letter to Wen Jiabao, saying that releasing Yang would be a “humanitarian gesture” that would “greatly enhance your country’s standing internationally.”
12/08 A letter from Harvard University Law School with 29 faulty signatures were sent to Wen Jiabao via Chinese Embassy via FedEx.
12/10 A letter from Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government and Medical School with 78 faulty signatures were sent to Wen Jiabao via Chinese Embassy via FedEx.
2004
04/26 Members of Congress held Press Conference to commenmorte the second year anniversary of Yang Jianli’s detention. 67 legislators issued the warning in a letter to Hu as they marked the second year in detention of Yang Jianli. The US embassy in Beijing meanwhile has spoken directly with the Chinese government about Yang’s case, Republican Party lawmaker Christopher Cox said, citing Vice President Dick Cheney.
05/13 China sentenced Yang Jianli to five years in jail for illegally entering the country and spying.
10/06 21 U.S. senators wrote a petition to Hu Jintao to grant Yang Jianli parole.
10/06 85 U.S. house representatives wrote a petition to Hu Jintao to grant Yang Jianli parole.
2005
01/17 Christina Fu with her son Aaron met Yang Jianli in prison.
06/15 A bipartisan group of 40 U.S. Senators (e.g., Kyl, Mikulski, Clinton, McCain, Kennedy, Dole) sent a letter to Chinese President Hu Jintao urging Yang’s release.
2007
04/27 Yang Jianli completed a five-year prison sentence.
08/18 Yang Jianli returned back to the United States.