China: China detains rights lawyer after call for reform

January 19, 2018

Chinese lawyer Yu Wensheng has been a persistent voice for reform in China, despite the country's increasingly severe crackdown on civil society under President Xi Jinping

Chinese lawyer Yu Wensheng has been a persistent voice for reform in China, despite the country’s increasingly severe crackdown on civil society under President Xi Jinping

 

Chinese authorities detained a prominent human rights lawyer on Friday, people familiar with the case said, just hours after he provided journalists with a letter calling for constitutional reform.

Around a dozen people, including a SWAT team, seized Yu Wensheng as he left his Beijing apartment to walk his child to school, two sources told AFP.

Local police said they were unaware of his detention.

Yu has been a persistent voice for reform in China, despite the country’s sweeping and increasingly severe crackdown on civil society under President Xi Jinping, which has led to the jailing of numerous human rights litigators.

Just hours before Yu’s detention, he had circulated an open letter calling for reforms to China’s constitution, including the institution of multi-candidate presidential elections.

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