tirsdag 4. desember 2018

Chinese Police Arrest Witnesses to Beating, Stripping of Rights Lawyer

Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong have formally arrested two witnesses to the beating and stripping of a human rights lawyer who pursued a complaint about her treatment at the hands of local police. Rights lawyer Sun Shihua is pursuing a complaint against police after being beaten, illegally strip-searched, drug-tested and detained at Hualin police station in Liwan district of Guangdong's provincial capital Guangzhou for seven hours on Sept. 20.

Rights activists Zhang Wuzhou and Liang Songji were present at the time, and Zhang shot video footage of the incident on her cell phone. Police deleted the footage and detained Zhang and Liang on suspicion of "picking quarrels and stirring up trouble." Zhang is being held at the Guangzhou No. 1 Detention Center, while Liang is in the Guangzhou No. 3 Detention Center.