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China: Human Rights Lawyer arrested for "subversion"

    Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 11:50
    Jiang Tianyong release human rights lawyer China

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    Jiang Tianyong, human rights lawyer detained under “residential surveillance in a designated location” for over six months, has been formally arrested for “subverting state power”. Held incommunicado and without access to a lawyer, he is at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.

    Jiang Tianyong has been formally arrested for “subverting state power” according to a notification received by his father from the Changsha City Public Security Bureau. His father, who resides in Jiang Tianyong’s hometown Xinyang, Henan province, only received the notification, issued on 31 May 2017, at the local post office on 5 June 2017. He was taken to the police station by the police right after returning home from the post office, warned not to disclose the details about Jiang Tianyong’s formal arrest to the outside world and was later released the same day. If convicted, the maximum punishment for the charge of “subverting state power” is life imprisonment. Jiang Tianyong is now detained at the Changsha City No.1 Detention Center.

    Jiang Tianyong’s lawyers, Qin Chenshou and Chen Jinxue, have requested a meeting with Jiang Tianyong for the ninth time since he was detained. The Changsha City Public Security Bureau rejected all previous meeting requests on the grounds of “obstructing investigation” and “endangering national security”. To date, Jiang Tianyong has had no access to a lawyer. Jiang Tianyong was accused of “inciting subversion of state power” when he was placed under “residential surveillance in a designated location” in December 2016.

    Jiang Tianyong is a well-known human rights lawyer, whose activism resulted in him being disbarred in 2009. He has since continued his work as a human rights defender, despite suffering ongoing harassment, detention and physical beatings.


    Please send a letter, email or fax without delay.

    * Call on the authorities to immediately release Jiang Tianyong as he has been charged solely for peacefully exercising his human rights.

    * Urge the authorities to ensure that while detained Jiang Tianyong is protected from torture and other ill-treatment, and that he is allowed access to his family, a lawyer of his choice and adequate medical care.


    Address your messages to:


    Henry Modesto Merán Gil

    Changsha City No.1 Detention Center

    1736 Yuandaerlu Quantang Zhen

    Changsha Xian, 410131

    Hunan Sheng,

    People’s Republic of China

    Salutation: Dear Director


    Minister of Public Security

    Guo Shengkun

    14 Dong Chang’an Jie Dongcheng Qu,

    Beijing Shi 100741

    People’s Republic of China

    Salutation: Dear Minister


    Phone: +86 10 662 621 14 (Chinese only)


    Please send a copy to:



    Li Keqiang Guojia Zongli

    The State Council General Office,

    2 Fuyoujie, Xichengqu,

    Beijing Shi 100017,

    People’s Republic of China

    Fax: 011 86 10 65961109 (c/o Ministry of Foreign Affairs)



    His Excellency Shaye Lu

    Ambassador for the People's Republic of China

    515 St. Patrick Street

    Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5H3


    Fax: 1 (613) 789-1911


    Additional Information:

    Jiang Tianyong, last heard from on 21 November 2016, was placed under “residential surveillance in a designated location” on suspicion of “inciting subversion of state power” according to a notification received by his father-in-law on 23 December 2016 from the Changsha City Public Security Bureau.

    Lawyer Jiang Tianyong went missing on 21 November 2016 on the way back to Beijing after visiting Xie Yang’s wife. He had accompanied her and three other lawyers to Changsha City No.2 Detention Centre to try to arrange a meeting with Xie Yang. Mainland Chinese media released interviews and video-recorded “confessions” of Jiang Tianyong in February 2017, claiming that he was the one who fabricated Xie Yang’s account of torture, and labelling the foreign media reports about Xie Yang’s account of torture as “fake news”.

    Jiang Tianyong has been involved in some high profile cases and has supported other human rights defenders, including human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, who was imprisoned and consistently harassed due to his human rights work, and blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng, who exposed forced abortion practices on villagers by local officials in Dongshigu Village in Linyi, Shandong.

    Prior to his current detention, Jiang Tiangyong was most recently detained in March 2014, after he and three other lawyers went to investigate a “black jail”, or unofficial detention facility, in Jiansanjiang, Heilongjiang which allegedly detained Falun Gong practitioners. He was beaten while detained and had eight ribs fractured as a result.

    Previously, in May 2012, Jiang Tianyong was detained by public security officers while on his way to visit Chen Guangcheng in Chaoyang Hospital, Haidian District, Beijing. Detained for nine hours, Jiang Tianyong was beaten so badly that his left eardrum was perforated and the hearing in his right ear was temporarily impaired.


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