[health-vn] Interview with Detained, Chinese HIV activist Tian Xi's father
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Thu Aug 26 10:45:35 EST 2010
From: Meg Davis <sara.meg.davis at gmail.com>
Date: 25 August 2010 8:06:49 AM PDT
To: AIDS_ASIA at yahoogroups.com
Subject: [AIDS ASIA] Interview with Detained, Chinese HIV activist Tian Xi's father
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This is my unofficial and rough translation of Chinese Human Rights
Defenders' phone interview with Tian Xi's father. Meg
(Chinese Rights Defenders) - On August 23rd, staff of this website
contacted the father of rights defender Tian Xi in Xincai County,
Henan Province, and asked for news about Tian Xi’s situation.
According to his father’s report, Tian Xi is being detained in a
pre-trial detention center about 100 meters from his home, and because
of his lack of access to AIDS treatment, his health is deteriorating
and his life is in some danger.
This is the text of the conversation between our staff and Tian Xi’s father:
Wang: Excuse me, is this Mr. Tian Xi’s mother? How is Tian Xi’s situation?
Mr. Tian: I am Tian Xi’s father. Tian Xi is detained in a detention
center right now, and since he doesn’t have medical treatment, his
health is in danger.
Wang: Since Tian Xi was detained, have you and your family been able to see him?
Tian: Tian Xi’s mother and aunt went to the Shangcai County police
station and asked to see him on August 21st, but they were turned
away. They were only able to send some clothes in to the pre-trial
detention center, and we don’t know if those were passed on to him.
Wang: May I ask when Tian Xi was born? How did he become HIV-positive?
Tian: Tian Xi was born on January 3, 1987, and his ID number is
412828198701030013. In March 1996, when he was 9 years old, he was
careless and fell on his head one day, and a small bump came up on his
head. When we took him to the Xincai County Number One People’s
Hospital, the doctor said he had a slight concussion and needed to
have a blood transfusion to treat it. He said that this would help
speed up the healing process. We believed the doctor, so we arranged a
blood transfusion, and the result was he contracted HIV/AIDS. In 2004
we confirmed he was HIV-positive.
Tian Xi has been very well-behaved since childhood. He has never
fought with anyone and has always been an excellent student. After he
became HIV positive, he became weaker. After his HIV status was
confirmed, we often went to the Xincai People’s Hospital to ask for
treatment, to find a solution to the doctor’s error in treatment, and
as a result, the hospital ignored us.
There was nothing else for us to do but start petitioning. Under the emotional and physical pressures of the situation, Tian Xi persisted in his studies and finished university.
In July 2009 he graduated from Beijing City University with a degree in computer engineering. During this time, Tian Xi not only continued petitioning for himself, but also for others who were
infected with HIV in the same way he was. After graduating, because of
the situation with HIV/AIDS and because he refused to stop
petitioning, Tian Xi was unable to find work.
Wang: Why have Xincai County police detained Tian Xi now?
Tian: They are detaining Tian Xi on suspicion of “the crime of intentional destruction of property.” The reason is that on July 23rd, Tian Xi received a a text message from the Xincai County County Clerk inviting him to come home to negotiate a resolution to his AIDS issue.
Tian Xi responded to this and came home to prepare to negotiate the issues over which he has petitioned for years. But when he got home, the clerk made several appointments with him to meet, and each time Tian Xi went, he was unable to see the clerk. Because of this, Tian Xi told me that the leaders are just leading on the ordinary people, saying they want to meet but never actually meeting.
At the same time, Tian Xi hadn’t brought much medicine with him, and
so on August 5th he went to the Xincai Number One People’s Hospital to look for the hospital director to discuss it with him. The hospital
director said, “I have nothing to say to you. You should go see the
leaders about this, I can’t take responsibility.” Tian Xi ignored the hospital director and just walked out on him, and he was so angry that he broke some tea cups and things in the office.
On August 6th, the Xincai County police Public Security Brigade took
Tian Xi away, leaving the family with a 15-day detention order. On
August 17th, the police who were detaining him took Tian Xi to the
Xincai County Number Two People’s Hospital to treat him, and kept him
in the hospital for two days.
On August 19th, the police took him away without contacting anyone in our family. It wasn’t until the 21st at 2 p.m. that our family received word that Tian Xi had already been transferred from administrative to criminal detention, and that he had
been transferred to the Shangcai County Detention Center.
Right now, Tian Xi is detained in room 211 of the detention center. On
the same day Tian Xi’s mother and aunt went to the detention center to ask to see him, and were refused. Tian Xi’s physical state is very
weak, he has not only HIV but also hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
Currently the captain is in charge of Tian Xi’s case (his telephone is 13783333871). Because Tian Xi doesn’t have medicine in the detention center, we sent some medicines over to the Xincai County health bureau, because they (the detention center?) would not allow family members to send them over, we had to arrange for the chief to do it.
Wang: May I ask what the situation is in Tian Xi’s home?
Tian: Tian Xi’s mother is 48 years old, and I am 52. We are both in
poor health, and because of the stress about Tian Xi’s situation we
have both fallen ill. Tian Xi also has an older sister, but he’s the
only son in our family. Currently Tian Xi is in very poor health and
the situation could be dangerous for him at any time. I hope the whole
world will show concern for and help him, and that he will be released
Tian Xi’s father’s telephone: +86-15516679846
Sara L.M. Davis, Ph.D. ("Meg")
P.O. Box 20839
New York, NY 10009
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