China: Son of Detained Rights Lawyers Arrives in Australia After Battle to Leave China

January 18, 2018

Bao Zhuoxuan (C), the son of human rights lawyer Wang Yu (R) and her legal activist husband Bao Longjun (L), pose for an airport photo before the teenager's flight to Australia, Jan. 16, 2018.

The son of top human rights lawyer Wang Yu and her legal activist husband Bao Longjun, detained in a massive nationwide crackdown on rights lawyers and activists in July 2015, has arrived in Australia after being under house arrest with his parents and denied permission to leave China for more than two years, RFA has learned.

Bao Zhuoxuan, also known by his nickname Bao Mengmeng, was just 16 when his passport was confiscated in the wake of his parents’ arrest on the night of July 9, 2015 at the start of a nationwide police operation targeting the legal profession that became know as the “709 crackdown.”

He had planned to complete his high school education overseas.

The teenager later tried to escape across the border from the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan into northern Myanmar with a couple of fellow activists posing as tourists.

But Bao and his minders were taken away from the Huadu Guesthouse in the Myanmar border town of Mongla by local police and handed over to the Chinese authorities.

Rights activists Tang Zhishun and Xing Qingxian were both later detained in the Tianjin No. 2 Detention Center on suspicion of “organizing the smuggling of persons across a national boundary.”

Now, Bao has finally been allowed to leave China, nearly three years after he had planned.


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