Mr. Chen Baihe in Serious Condition in Prison, Authorities Prohibit Outside Medical Treatment
Name: Chen Baihe(陈百合)
Address: Shalinzhi Village, Qianxi County, Tangshan City, Hebei Province
Recent Arrest: May, 2006
Recent place of detention: Jidong Prison(冀东监狱)
City: Tangshan City
Province: Hebei Province
Persecution Suffered: Unknown
Key Persecutors: He Lizhi(何立志), Xu Ziqiu(许子秋)
(Clearwisdom.net) (Correspondent from Hebei Province) Mr. Chen Baihe was illegally sentenced to a four-year jail term in January 2007 in Jidong Prison. Mr. Chen now is now blind in one eye and has very high blood pressure. His family members believe that he should see a doctor independent from the prison medical system but they have been refused by the Jidong Prison.
In mid July 2009, Chen Baihe's wife and his daughter went to visit him in the prison and found that his eye was abnormal. Mr Chen told them his left eye was now blind, his right eye was blurred and he now has high blood pressure too. The prison had never mentioned this to his family before.
Seeking help for Mr. Chen, a family member called the prison department heads He Lizhi and Xu Zhiqiu and requested that he be allowed to see a doctor outside the prison. They replied they would need to verify his health status to see if he is qualified to see outside doctors. Two days later, the family member requested again for Chen to seek medical help outside of the prison and they said that Chen was not qualified and that they should not make this kind of request in the future.
On August 3, the family went to the general prison group located at Jiantuozhi town, Fengnan district, to further their request for Chen. The personnel said that head Zhao was in charge so the family appealed to head Zhao for Chen to see doctor outside prison. Zhao said he would notify the No. 5 section to examine Chen Baihe. One week later, Chen Baihe's wife, and his daughter, village head of Shalinzhi and village branch secretary asked for the result of the examination and the reply was that Chen was not qualified and he needed to be blind in both eyes in order to be qualified. When asked what if Chen Baihe's condition worsens, Zhao stated that his health problems won't develop that quickly and if it did the prison could do surgery for him. However, they could not guarantee the treatment and would not be responsible. Chen Baihe's family is very worried about his deteriorating health.
In May 2006, Chen Baihe was illegally arrested by the national security group of Qianxi county police department and the local police station when he was distributing information about the persecution of Falun Gong in Yuhuzai village, Qianxi county. In January 2007, Qianxi county court seriously violated the legal proceeding and sentenced Chen Baihe to a four-year prison term. His family members appealed to the intermediate people's court in Tangshan city and the court appeal was ignored, as they kept the original four-year sentence. Soon after they transferred Chen Baihe to the No. 5 section of the No. 7 branch where he has been detained up to now.
In April 2002, Chen Baihe's wife was illegally detained for her belief in Falun Gong. Chen understood and supported his wife's belief in Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. He helped his wife distribute Falun Gong materials and he was detained by the national security group from Qianxi county for 15 days. Their two children were left at home alone, one was in high school and another one was in middle school.
Over the last couple of years, the national security group of Qianxi County illegally searched Chen Baihe's house many times. With no explanation or reason they unlawfully stole two computers and one printer from the Chen family home.
Tangshan Jidong Prison:
Prison Politics department (mainly in charge of prison)
Xu Zhiqiu department head 86-13903157351 86-315-8327998 86-315-8310185
He Zhili vice department head 86-13323250699 86-315-8327588 86-315-8502555