The Chinese authorities must reveal the whereabouts of a political blogger and commentator who has not been seen since Sunday and is believed to be detained, Amnesty International said today.
Chinese-born former diplomat Yang Hengjun, an Australian national, informed his blog administrator in a phone call on Sunday that he was at Guangzhou Airport in southern China
Since then, those close to him have told Amnesty International that he has been detained by the Chinese authorities, although his whereabouts are unknown.
“Yang Hengjun’s disappearance is extremely worrying, especially as it comes during one of the biggest round-ups of activists and critics for years,” said Catherine Baber, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Asia Pacific.
“He joins a long list of peaceful reformists who have gone missing or been arrested in China in the last month.”
Chinese government spokespeople have so far denied knowledge of Yang’s whereabouts in response to requests from the Australian government.