September 13, 2017
Human rights activists called on China on Wednesday to stop detaining lawyers and critics, voicing concern for their health and fate in custody after the death of jailed Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo attracted international attention in July.
China said the concerns had no basis in fact.
The activists highlighted the case of Jiang Tianyong, a prominent human rights lawyer disbarred in 2009, who disappeared last November and was held incommunicado for six months.
Jiang’s verdict is pending on charges of subversion, to which he confessed at a trial last month, saying he had been inspired to overthrow China’s political system by workshops he attended overseas.
“The trial can be reasonably called neither fair nor impartial. In just the most obvious violation of due process, Mr Jiang was shown in a televised confession on state media in March 2017,” Sarah Brooks of International Service for Human Rights told the United Nations Human Rights Council.