Chengdu-based human rights activist Huang Qi is scheduled to be sentenced at a hearing on Monday, November 23rd at 10 AM in the Wuhou District Court of Chengdu, Sichuan Province, according to his wife. Mr. Huang was the head of the Tianwang Human Rights Center in Chengdu, and was arrested in June of 2008 after posting the demands of parents of children killed in that year's devastating earthquake on the organization's website.
The parents called for an investigation into the quality of their children's schools, many of which collapsed in the earthquake even as other buildings nearby remained standing. They also called for those responsible for the shoddy construction and lack of oversight to be held accountable. Mr. Huang has been charged with illegally possessing state secrets and was tried in a closed hearing on August 5 of this year, although it is unclear why the government has waited so long to announce a verdict.