Mother Released from Labor Camp After Demanding Harsher Rape Convictions

Tang Hui regularly staged protests in front of government buildings in China, demanding that seven men who abducted and raped her 11-year-old daughter should get harsher sentences. She was swiftly arrested and ordered by police in the Yongzhou city last week to serve 18 months in a labor camp, the New York Times reports.

She was arrested on charges of “disturbing social order and exerting a negative impact on society,” reports the Guardian. This form of labor camp punishment is often known as a system of re-education that is meant to remind citizens of their allegiance to the central government and the decisions it makes.

The reason behind her protest (the sexual assault of her young daughter and the lenient sentences dealt to the men) and her eventual imprisonment did not impress human rights activists around the world. Even some members of state media were enraged at this woman’s treatment. Public pressure mounted on the officials until they were forced to release Tang Hui on Friday, after “reviewing” her appeal.

Tang Hui and her daughter’s story began back in 2006, when her daughter was abducted, raped and forced to work as a prostitute by a group of men. She was rescued a few months later and the men were convicted in 2008. It took Tang another four years of protests and appeals to get the court to toughen the sentences. The Guardian notes that two men have been given death sentences and four others will serve life sentences. The final man will serve a 15 year jail sentence.

The state-run Global Times noted that officials had very little reason to arrest Tang Hui after she protested and filed appeals because “these activities didn’t severely harm the public’s interest.”

While Ms. Tang’s story of heroic motherly love and determination would seem to need no further explanation or understanding than that she wanted justice for her abused daughter, officials apparently felt differently. It took a massive media uprising for officials to release her from the camp, stating that she needed to be released to take care of her daughter, who is now 17.

Deng Fei, a Chinese lawyer, wrote about Tang Hui’s release and the state of the justice system and social media in China. “This really would have been unimaginable without the Internet. I just hope the next step in defending her rights go smoothly.”

Social media has played a pivotal role in forcing officials to change their stance on essential human and civil rights issues throughout China. In June, one woman’s forced abortion of her 7-month-old fetus caused a media sensation and helped to uncover the fact that many more women were probably undergoing the same treatment at the hands of government officials.

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john byrne
john byrne6 years ago

Brave Lawyer to seek justice for this woman, that she had to fight to protect her child is testimony to Chinas deplorable non understanding of human rights, so why does China sit at the court of Human Rights as they make decisions that impacts world wide. I presume the irony of this has not gone un-noticed by the World at large.China has no regards for its people at large which they proved by driving tanks over the students at various locations not so long ago.what about the dying rooms for the babies because the were infant females and were just not wanted the list goes on, what is going on in Tibet is also stifled by the military and must we stand idly by while they kill off a whole nation to brake new ground for its own greed.America has its own history on this as Washington never dealt a fair hand to the First Nation and continues to do so daily.Canada has a few answers to make as the whole Government including the opposition thought that the Tar Sands project was a good it any wonder that Human rights and common decency seems to be on the back foot.If we do not take collective responsibility for all who walk this Earth Man & Animal alike we are surely hastening our own demise.

Syd Henley
Syd H6 years ago

Quote: "She was arrested on charges of “disturbing social order and exerting a negative impact on society,” "
How strange is that. Personally, I would have thought that it was the rapists who had disturbed the social order and exerted a negative impact on society and should have been seriously punished for that crime.

Elizabeth Brawn
Elizabeth Brawn6 years ago

come to think of it....i think the chinese officials knew the mother did not want the rapists executed i think the chinese officials only did as a mockery and to lay the guilt of the rapists death on the mother......bastards!!!!

Elizabeth Brawn
Elizabeth Brawn6 years ago

the mother was right in asking for harsher penalties

Elizabeth Brawn
Elizabeth Brawn6 years ago

rape is one of the worst things in the world and so is forced prostition and abduction is terrible, and i am very happy the victims mother was released from the camp. i agree that the original punishments for the rapists were not enough i think the death penalty is not acceptable ever and only makes the rapists' family revenge and the death penalty puts a lot of negative energy in the world. they should have got at least 10 years in prison each and made to pay compensation and next time this happens i hope that is what the rapist

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle6 years ago

Thank god for social petitions. Years ago, the mother would have languished in the work camp forever. My heart is with the mother and daughter, and all the other unknown women who have gone through similar crimes that were hidden by the state.

TERRY R6 years ago

Rape is Vile.

leonard. Harrison
Len Harrison6 years ago

What can we say about social media that has not already been said. I feel for the mother and her daughter. We all know it only takes a few minutes of our time to sign a petition, which could actually save someones life and at the very least make someones life some what more pleasant.

Ajla C.
Past Member 6 years ago

Da je srece bilo bi obrnuto a ovako katastrofa.

Pogle S.
Pogle S6 years ago

What a horrible story. I'm glad Tang Hui is now out but she should never have had to be incarcerated to win justice for her daughter. I applaud her tenacity and the power of the internet.