April 14, 2017
The wife of a Chinese rights lawyer detained on subversion charges during a nationwide police operation that launched in July 2015 has warned that she may be the next family member of a lawyer to be “disappeared.”
In a message sent to Human Rights in China (HRIC), Li Heping’s wife Wang Qiaoling said surveillance cameras have now been installed right in front of her apartment building, and that she is continually followed by state security police and unidentified personnel wherever she goes.
“The appearance of this cluster of cameras unnerves me, and I can’t help feeling frightened because no policemen had watched me even during the [annual parliament last month], and now I’m being tracked by cameras,” Wang, recipient of the 2016 Franco-German Prize for Human Rights, said in a statement translated by HRIC and posted on their website.
“These days, family members, lawyers, and friends are continuously telling me things like: ‘You’re in great danger,'” Wang wrote, adding that state security police had told a friend of hers that “she will definitely be detained because she has a political history.”
Others were warned that they should cut off contact with Wang, because she had “crossed so many red lines.”
“The cameras are staring at me; and there are several hefty guys … tailing me,” Wang wrote.