China: Prominent Chinese rights lawyer released on bail: report

August 1, 2016

A prominent Chinese human rights lawyer detained over a year ago in a sweeping crackdown has been released on bail, Hong Kong media said Monday, as it showed her praising her jailers.

Wang Yu was among one of more than 200 lawyers and legal activists held last July in a swoop on those who had taken on civil rights cases considered sensitive by China’s ruling Communist Party, which tightly controls the court system.

She was bailed “in recent days,” Phoenix TV said. Such releases are rare in China, and usually signal a suspect will continue to be closely monitored but will not face trial.

“I experienced the legal civilisation of China and humane care,” Wang was shown saying on Phoenix, which has ties to China’s government.

The exact circumstances in which the interview took place on Sunday were not clear.

AFP was unable to contact Wang for comment, nor authorities in Tianjin, where she had been held.

Chinese state-run media often show televised “confessions” from suspects in detention or on bail, in what lawyers say violates their right to a fair trial. (FRANCAIS) (FRANCAIS) (FRANCAIS) (DUTCH) (GERMAN) (SPANISH) (SPANISH) (ROMANIAN)



One thought on “China: Prominent Chinese rights lawyer released on bail: report

  1. peopleslawyers 01/08/2016 at 17:40 Reply

    Patrick Poon of Amnesty International explains:
    “She’s released on bail. So, in fact, she’s still subject to restrictions for one year and could face prosecution again. Also, none of her friends and lawyers can reach her yet.”


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: