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Urgent Action: Canadian sentenced to death in a one-day retrial

Robert Schellenberg, a Canadian national, was sentenced to death after he was convicted of drug trafficking at his re-trial. First arrested in 2014, he was convicted and sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment by the Dalian Municipal Intermediate People’s Court on 20 November 2018. Schellenberg subsequently appealed the verdict and on 14 January 2019 at his retrial, he was found guilty of a more serious drug-related offence and sentenced to death. Announcing a death sentence at the same time of the conviction was unprecedented, according to Mo Shaoping, a partner of the law firm representing Schellenberg.  

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Please write urgently in your own words or using the template letter included in English or Chinese to:

Zhang Jun
147 Beiheyandajie, 
Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, 100726
People’s Republic of China
Salutation: Dear Procurator-General

And copies to:

Wang Yi 
Minister of Foreign Affairs 
No. 2, Chaoyangmen Nandajie 
Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, 100701 
People’s Republic of China 

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.

HIS EXCELLENCY MR LIU XIAOMING, Embassy of the People's Republic of China, 49-51 Portland Place W1B 1JL, 020 7299 4049,

Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date.


Please note that mailing letters to the target is the best way, as it is not uncommon for Chinese authorities to block email server after receiving a high volume of emails from the UA network.  In case you receive email bounce backs, please send the letter to the Chinese Embassy in your own country.


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