Political prisoners across China are being denied family visits over the traditional Lunar New Year holiday period, their relatives and close friends said.
The daughter of Wuhan dissident Qin Yongmin, who is serving a 12-year jail term for subversion, said she had been hoping to visit her father for the first time in 11 years, but when she arrived at Wuhan Prison she was refused permission to visit.
“I had everything prepared. It didn’t occur to me that I wouldn’t be let in,” A Dan said. “They just said it, just like that.”
“I’m very disappointed. I had hoped to spend Lunar New Year with my father.”
A Dan said she had only received one letter from Qin, who was sentenced to prison in 1998, when she was just eight years old.
“It was numbered, so I could see that there were more than 20 letters which he wrote before it,” she said.
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