søndag 7. mai 2017

U.N. denounces China crackdown on lawyers, seeks release

The United Nations human rights office on Friday denounced China's "ongoing crackdown" and detention of lawyers and activists and called on authorities to release all those being held for exercising what it called fundamental freedoms. It voiced concern at reports that defense lawyer Chen Jiangang and his family were taken by police on Wednesday while traveling in the southwest province of Yunnan. His whereabouts are unknown, though his wife and two children were released. Chen represents Xie Yang, a lawyer in custody since July 2015 whose trial had been due to begin last week on charges of inciting subversion and disrupting court order, U.N. human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said in Geneva. Read more