China: Interview: ‘Xie Yang Still Isn’t Genuinely Free’

May 10, 2017

Chen Guiqiu (R), wife of detained rights lawyer Xie Yang, meets with New Jersey Republican Rep. Chris Smith (L), co-chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, in Washington D.C., April 20, 2017.

Chinese human rights lawyer Xie Yang may have been officially released “on bail” after pleading guilty to subversion charges at a court in Hunan, but his wife says that, far from regaining his liberty, he is now under house arrest in a secret location. Chen Guiqiu, who narrowly escaped repatriation with the couple’s two daughters after seeking
asylum in Bangkok, told RFA’s Mandarin Service that the best she can do is raise their children in a free country:

RFA: We heard that Xie Yang has been released. Have you been in touch with him?

Chen Guiqiu: He may have been let out of jail, but he hasn’t really regained his liberty. I had a very brief phone conversation with him, but he said it was very inconvenient to talk then, and I haven’t heard from him since. He isn’t genuinely free. I told him that we’re all fine here in the U.S. He was using someone else’s cell phone that a state security police officer had taken from someone. He is with his parents right now. I don’t know where the state security police have taken him. He’s been ‘disappeared,’ just like a lot of the other July 2015 people. He’s not free. They are pretending to set him free. It’s a joke; I want to make that very clear. He must be under unimaginable pressure.

RFA: So what do you think his status is right now?

Chen Guiqiu: It’s very common for people detained in the July 2015 crackdown on lawyers to wind up detained in a secret location, accompanied by state security police at all times. (ESPANOL)



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