November 28, 2017
Several months after her bail status was officially lifted, top Chinese rights attorney Wang Yu and her family remain under tight restriction, unable to seek employment and banned from traveling overseas, RFA has learned.
Wang, one of the first and most prominent of hundreds of human rights lawyers and associates swept up by Chinese authorities in a crackdown that started in July 2015, was “released” on bail alongside her husband and colleague Bao Longjun after being held for more than a year on subversion charges.
But the family have been held under tight surveillance at an apartment chosen by state security police, cut off from friends and family, and the couple’s son Bao Zhuoxuan, has developed depression after being prevented from going overseas to study, as previously planned.
According to rights activist and family friend Ye Jingchun, Wang still holds a valid license to practise law.
“Normally, if she wanted to practise general law, then she could probably transfer to a different law firm and start working normally again, but Wang’s case is somewhat different,” Ye said.
“All of the firms she has contacted have said it would be ‘difficult’ for them to hire her, because the judicial authorities have already been in touch to warn them off hiring Wang Yu,” she said.
Ye said Wang hasn’t worked in two years, while Bao has also been stalled in his progress through the “articles” stage of his professional training.