Amnesty International has called on the Chinese authorities to immediately reveal the whereabouts of Hada, a missing Inner Mongolian human rights activist, who was due to be released last Friday, and two of his family members. Hada’s wife Xinna and son Uiles have reportedly been detained in an unknown location for at least 10 days by the Inner Mongolian Public Security Bureau. Hada appears to have joined them since at least last Friday.
“China is using enforced disappearance to keep activists and their family members out of the spotlight while the world’s attention is focused on China’s first Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo,” said Catherine Baber, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Deputy Director.
Hada, who like many ethnic Mongolians goes by a single name, was scheduled for release on 10 December 2010 after serving 15 years for “splittism” and “espionage” due to his involvement in the Southern Mongolian Democratic Alliance. Amnesty International consideredhim a prisoner of conscience.