China: Bailed Chinese Human Rights Lawyers Have Yet to Regain Liberty

August 8, 2016


Two prominent human rights attorneys detained at the start of a nationwide operation targeting lawyers last year have yet to regain their liberty, despite having been “released” on bail, rights activists said.

Bao Longjun, husband and colleague of rights lawyer Wang Yu, was granted bail on Aug. 5, and was reported by state media to be in good health following a meeting with his wife, who is also reportedly out on bail.

But the couple has yet to be seen by friends or former colleagues, however, and may be being held under some form of soft detention at an unknown location.

Meanwhile, 13 other lawyers and rights activists look set to face further televised “confessions” and show trials in the coming weeks, rights activists said.

“[Wang] has so far not been free to go home or contact supporters, and her whereabouts remain unknown,” the Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) network, which collates reports from activists inside China, said in a statement on Monday.

“[Bao’s] whereabouts remain unknown at this time,” it said.

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