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Search Results Detail for 'Peng Ming'
Personal Details
CECC Record Number: 2005-00286   Ethnic Group: Han
Detention Status: DEC/?   Sex: M
Issue Category: dem   Age at Detention: 47
Main Name: Peng Ming   Religion:
Chinese Characters (Main Name): 彭明 Occupation:
Alternate Name (Lay or Pen):   Affiliation:
Additional Name(s):   Residence Province: [foreign]
Pinyin Name:   Residence Prefecture: (na)
  Residence County: (na)
Imprisonment or Detention Details
Date of Detention: 2004/05/22
Current Prison: Xianning Prison
Sentence Length (Years):
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Province Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Hubei Province
Prefecture Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Xianning Shi (pref.)
County Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Xian'an Dist.
Legal Process
Legal Process: chg/tri/sent-app/dec   Formal Arrest Date: 2004/05/dd
Trial Court: Wuhan No. 2 Intermediate People's Court   Trial Date: 2005/10/dd
Sentence Court: Wuhan No. 2 Intermediate People's Court   Sentence Date: 2005/10/12
Appeal Court: Hubei High People's Court   Appeal Date: 2005/mm/dd
Appeal Ruling Court: Hubei High People's Court   Appeal Ruling Date: 2005/12/23
Charge (Statute): CL97-art120(2)/CL97-art172   Sent. Ends Per PRC:
  Actual Date Released:
Short Summary
According a UN document (2 February 07), Lisa Peng's TEDx talk (28 May 14), and CAA (12 December 07, 2 April 15), U.S.-based activist Peng Ming, who led a group promoting democracy via peaceful means, was arrested in Burma around May 22, 2004 for having counterfeit Chinese money. He was reportedly in Burma to establish safe havens for refugees from China. He was turned over to Chinese officials who formally arrested him in Wuhan on charges of "attempting to kidnap." On October 12, 2005, the Wuhan No. 2 Intermediate People's Court sentenced him to life in prison for “organizing and leading a terrorist organization,” “kidnapping,” and “possessing counterfeit money.” The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention concluded in 2005 that his detention was arbitrary. Peng helped establish the China Development Union in 1997 to promote sustainable development, for which authorities ordered him to serve 18 months’ RTL. Peng fled with his family to the United States upon his release from RTL. In 2011, authorities held him in Xianning Prison, Xianning city, Hubei province, where he was reported to be in poor health without proper medical care. On November 29, 2016, Peng reportedly died in prison, but officials did not immediately disclose the cause of death (RFA, 30 November 16).