Zeng Jinyan under pressure from tax authority to close AIDS support group

 

by Greg Baker, AP

Zeng Jinyan and the AIDS support group that she and her husband Hu Jia founded, have now become the latest victims of power abuse by China’s tax authorities. This is not news. Other prominent NGOs have already been subjected to a similar predicament. They include the Gongmeng Legal Research Centre and the Aizhixing Institute of Health Education.

For Zeng, however, this goes beyond a paranoid totalitarian regime’s mistrust of civil society; it is persecution that aims at stopping her from speaking out against the human rights abuse her family has endured since the conviction of Hu Jia.  For the last two years, Zeng has been put under constant surveillance and periodic house arrest. The authorities have recently stepped up pressure by targeting the office of the Beijing Loving Source Information Centre, an AIDS support group that she co-founded with Hu Jia in 2004. An eye-witness report says that thugs from China’s tax authorities have been harassing workers and volunteers on a daily basis, in an attempt to force Zeng to close down the office.

The tax authorities make sure that Zeng has little choices but to succumb to their demands.

Zeng Jinyan announced on 11 November 2010 the closing down of Beijing Loving Source. She also simultaneously posted the followings at Twitter to further explain her action:

国地税同时稽查,我个人被监控的处境也加强。为了把损失降低到最低,作为法人代表,我在此正式宣布:北京爱源信息咨询中心停业,作为法人代表,一人承担所有后果,其他事项,已经一一与相关人士作备忘。

Beijing Loving Source Information Centre is now under investigation from both national and local tax bureaus. In the meantime, authorities are tightening their surveillance on me. In order to keep damages to the minimum, I, as the legal representative of Beijing Loving Source, hereby announce the formal closure of the Centre. I will, as a legal representative, bear all consequences for this action. I have also sent reminders concerning other matters to all relevant parties.

新的外汇管理条例生效以来,爱源作为一个法律实体举步维艰。然而,爱源9月份遭受国税稽查,至今未结案;今天又收到北京市地方税务局第二稽查局的稽查通知。稽查局要求爱源提供各种合同、协议及附件等所有详尽的资料备查。第二稽查局是一个大局,办公规模大,一般不受理只有3万元注册资本的小公司.

The work of Beijing Loving Source has almost been crippled since the implementation of a new foreign exchange regulation. However, the Centre was notified in September that it would be subjected to tax inspection by the National Tax Bureau. The investigation is still ongoing. Today, I received another inspection notice from the Number 2 Auditing Office of the Beijing Tax Bureau. The Auditing Office demands the Centre to surrender detailed information of all its contracts and agreements for inspection. The Number 2 Auditing Office is a large tax agent. Normally, it will not deal with a small company with registered capital of just 30,000 RMB.

在没有机构协助的情况下,希望广大志愿者依旧能够在核心志愿者的协调下,不要中断对受艾滋病影响的儿童尤其孤儿们的帮助。我们非常感激,倘若没有志愿者的帮助,至少上百名因艾滋病失去父母的儿童说不定已经流落街头。

It is my hope that even without the support of an organisation, a core group of volunteers will still be able to coordinate the work of other volunteers to continuously provide help to children and orphans affected by AIDS. We are grateful for the enormous help we have received from our volunteers.  Without them, hundreds of children who have lost their parents to AIDS would be living on the streets.

我和河南艾滋病农村地区许许多多受益者一样,内心将永久保持对志愿者和支持者的感恩。

Just like beneficiaries from the AIDS affected rural areas in Henan, I am forever indebted to the volunteers and to those who have so generously supported our work.

Since then, the Chicago Tribune and the Guardian have both published news reports about the closure of Beijing Loving Source.

I am now calling upon more bloggers and news media to help spread this story about Zeng Jinyan and Beijing Loving Source. Your help can ensure that our politicians in Australia, America, Europe and other parts of the free world will keep pushing our case against human rights abuse in China.  Most importantly, your effort can possibly prevent innocent people like Zeng Jinyan from suffering further persecution.

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