onsdag 10. mars 2021

Chinese Rights Lawyers Incommunicado After Filing Torture Complaint

Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Yu, who was honored by the U.S. as an International Woman of Courage (IWOC) on Monday, remained incommunicado on Tuesday after failing to attend an online award ceremony, amid fears that she and her husband Bao Longjun are being held by state security police.

Repeated calls to Wang's cell phone and to that of her husband and fellow rights lawyer Bao Longjun rang unanswered. A friend of Wang's who asked to remain anonymous said her "disappearance" was likely linked to her involvement in a legal case in the southern province of Guangdong.

"She is working on a case, and the state security police asked her to postpone working on it for a couple of days so they could take her to Wuhan on [enforced] 'vacation'," the friend said, adding that the couple haven't been in contact with family or friends since noon on Sunday. "I'm a bit worried that the state security police will take advantage of this opportunity, and that they will remain incommunicado even after the sensitive dates have passed," the friend said.