Wu Lijuan, a Hubei laid-off employee, has spent many times during 18 years defending her rights since the Hubei Qianjiang Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) sacked her without any compensation. 

She recently decided to go to Beijing again after realizing that her name does not exist on the case backlog list. This list is notified by the authorities, reporting handled cases.

During Wu’s petition route, she encountered several difficulties caused by Chinese authorities from department to department, layer by layer. 

On June 01, Wu bought an online train ticket in her real name to reach Beijing on June 03. 

Sharing with Da Ji Yuan, Wu said that the ICBC’s staff called her three consecutive times on June 02. At the same time, Jianghan Oilfield Community Secretary made one call. 

Right after Wu arrived at the railway station on June 03, staff from the bank and the Jianghan Oilfield Police Station poured into the station. They illegally tried to prevent Wu from reaching Beijing. The vice president of the bank even scolded Wu Lijuan with swear words.

They were unable to stop her from catching the train. However, the State Security staff kept calling her mobile. 

On June 03, as her train passed through Wuhan Hankou Railway Station at 09:27 a.m., 20 people showed up. They stole Wu’s mobile phone, backpack, and other items and kidnapped her. 

They took her to the Hankou Railway Station Police Station, where she was released into the custody of the National Security Brigade of the Jianghan Oilfield Public Security Bureau at about 11: 45 a.m. 

Sharing with reporters, Wu said, [quote] “The Wuhan Hankou Railway Station Police Station seriously violated human rights and illegally kidnapped me, violently enforced the law, and strangled my neck. More than 20 people snatched my mobile phone, backpack, and other items from me. Now my neck hurts so much that I can’t lift it.” [end quote]

Wu once again failed to reach Beijing to protect her rights.

ICBC Qianjiang Sub-branch signed an unfixed labor contract with Wu on July 25, 2004. It is required to pay the laid-off compensation for workers serving for more than ten years. However, she did not receive a compensation payment after being laid off.

Wu decided to protect her rights through the petition procedure after her efforts through labor arbitration and civil litigation all failed. Wu also supported others in defending their rights since she was laid off in 2004. 

In response, the Chinese regime retaliated against her. She was illegally educated through labor for one year and suffered eight administrative and criminal detentions. In addition, she was kidnapped unlawfully and detained in black jails, small hotels, and other places.

Wu shared that the Qianjiang authorities have monitored her for a long time. Meanwhile, she has also undergone harassment at home. Her network cable was frequently cut, windows smashed, and doors sealed with 502 glue.

Wu’s case has remained unsolved for several years, making her life more challenging as she had passed the retirement age.

Wu is not alone in encountering difficulties in protecting their rights due to the regime’s coercive measures and illegal detentions. 

On May 31, a Shanghai man named Ding Deyuan decided to make public his petition letter, fearing that authorities could take him to jail. 

Over ten years, Ding was illegally imprisoned twice, for a total of three years and eight months.

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