The fate of American prisoners in Chinese jails has gotten more elusive since the US-China Cold War and the draconian zero-Covid policy. The lawyer claims the government doesn’t implement the International Bill of Human rights or treat prisoners as humans.

Nelson Wells’ family is one of many cases whose relatives are being mistreated in Chinese prisons. According to Nelson, his son was set up and got a life sentence for drug smuggling. Still, it was reduced to 22 years for repentance.

Wells sent a letter last August to the Municipal Bureau of Justice and the Chongqing Prison to request an early release or medical parole permission for his son. 

The letter stated that Wells Jr. is under medicine because of severe high blood pressure, and the prison hospital scans show that he also suffered from brain atrophy. These increase the risk of seizures and the early onset of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. 

The father and his wife also wrote that their son’s mental state had collapsed. Because of cultural differences, Chinese officers and prisoners can find it difficult to fully understand and treat a foreigner, especially one of African descent.

Wells received his son’s photos for the first time in 7 years. He described how the guy was 5.6 feet tall and weighed more than 165 pounds before imprisonment. On the other hand, Little Wells weighs less than 99 pounds, and his father is visibly furious at the Chinese government.

Radio Free Asia (RFA) cited Nelson Wells saying, “I’m very upset with the Chinese government right now. I’m a Christian, and I hate to say this, but I have to say that I hate the Chinese government. I think what they do is evil, and how they treat prisoners is also evil.”

Delayed medical parole release, numerous physical exams, but no report?


Peter Humphrey, a former British journalist and a private detective, had helped the Wells family for the past 2 years.

He sent the RFA written materials about the Little Wells case, such as court records, a medical diagnosis certificate, and a letter of grief that the Wells family sent to the governments of the United States and China.

Humphrey disclosed that the American embassy staff in Beijing met with Wells Jr. last week. They found that he is in terrible mental health and suffers from chronic insomnia, prostate issues, and extremely high blood pressure with a poor mental state. Wells Jr.’s health is alarming, but he has never been released on medical parole.

According to his experience, Humphrey knows that Wells Jr. has undergone several medical examinations in prison. However, the authorities consistently refused to provide medical reports to his family.


Human rights in Chinese prisons

Humphrey is aware that the situation of foreigners jailed in China has dramatically worsened based on the numerous cases he has encountered in recent years. He continued by saying the Chinese government treats foreign prisoners identical to national prisoners.

According to the Chongqing government’s schedule, prisoners in various areas are allowed to meet outsiders three days every month. Still, due to COVID, face-to-face meetings aren’t available.

According to Well Sr., he can only talk to his son once every three to six months for no longer than five minutes. 

Once they talk about specific issues, Yudu’s guard disconnects the phone immediately.

Wells revealed, “The prison guard hangs up the phone for three reasons: when Little Wells talks about his treatment; the current situation; and when he tries to describe how serious his condition is, the phone immediately goes off.”

Humphrey also shared his two-year imprisonment for gathering Chinese people’s information. He disclosed that in addition to the symptoms of prostate cancer, he also suffered from skin rashes, anal infections, and chronic diarrhea. 

He requested weekly prostate exams and treatments while in Shanghai Qingpu Prison, but guards repeatedly told him to confess his crime.

Human rights lawyer expose CCP’s re-education labor system


Teng Biao (滕彪), a Chinese human rights lawyer in the U.S., often visits his clients in prison before going abroad.

He said, “The Chinese government’s concept of treating prisoners is very backward and incompatible with the modern rule of law and humanitarian spirit. The authorities believe that prisoners are all bad people. So, spending money to treat prisoners when they are sick is something the government is unwilling to do.”

Teng Biao wrote ‘A Worthwhile Trip’, a documentary article about the Beijing Correctional Labor Coordination Center.

He narrated the testimony of witness Ye Jinghuan (野 靖 环), a victim in a re-education camp. She not only describes how this place tortures people to the point of collapse, but also how it brainwashes its servants.

After being rehabilitated, she describes the prison guards, “Why are they always hiding their beautiful side while presenting a cruel and ruthless side to us? Because in their eyes and in their hearts, inmates are not human beings. Since they started working there at twenty years old, their leaders have trained them to be the tools to persecute the inmates.”

“At the Dispatch Center, it was not just the inmates who have been devastated, but also many young guards who by nature are not bad people at all.”
People who live under CCP authority are only puppets or victims in their hands. They no longer understand what is good and wrong since they have been brainwashed by oppression and lies.

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