Hao Wu’s sister, Wu Na, has begun blogging about her brother’s detention. It’s clear how difficult this is for her, reading a translation of her first post – she’s a quiet, private person who’s been forced to become an advocate by the government’s detention of her brother:
My own writing has always been weak, and composition gave me even more of a headache. But now I believe that true feelings will leap onto the keyboard, as I type out the characters of my family and friends who miss Wu Hao. These feelings do not require eloquence or adornment. They just need to be faithfully recorded. I hope it can fill in for the “I love you, brother,” that is usually so hard for me to say.
Wu Na tells us that, on her most recent visit to the authorities in Beijing, she was informed that Hao Wu had committed a crime… but the authorities would not tell her what he had been charged with. He’s now been detained for five weeks without being formally charged.
A photo of Hao Wu from his sister’s photo gallery on her new blog
We’re waiting for permission from Wu Na to start letter-writing and lobbying campaigns on Hao Wu’s behalf. It’s not hard to understand how difficult and scary this situation has been for her, and we’re trying to ensure that she’s authorized everything we’re trying to do to advocate for Hao’s release.
At the same time, we’re very aware that there’s a narrow window during which advocacy within the US may have extra impact – the time leading up Hu Jintao’s visit to the US on April 20th. We very much hope that articles like Geoffrey Fowler’s piece in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal will help put pressure on President Bush to raise the issue of Hao Wu’s detention with Hu Jintao… or that attention to Hao’s detention will inspire the Chinese government to release him before the summit.
If you blog and haven’t posted about Hao’s detention yet, please consider doing so. The only tool we have at our disposal is our ability to call attention to Hao’s situation, telling the press, legislators, other bloggers. Please check out the stories we’ve posted on the Free Hao Wu site, put a badge on your page, and help us get people talking about our friend’s illegal and unjust detention.