Urgent Action Update: Lawyer Held Incommunicado At Risk Of Torture (China: UA 272/16)

Urgent Action
January 5, 2017
Authorities confirm that Beijing human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong, last heard from on 21 November 2016, has been placed under “residential surveillance in a designated location” on suspicion of “inciting subversion of state power”. His whereabouts remain unknown and, without access to a lawyer, is at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.
Jiang Tianyong has been 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. On 29 December a visitation request, made by Jiang Tianyong’s lawyer on 27 December, was rejected by the Public Security Bureau because the case involved “endangering national security”. To date, no information about Jiang Tianyong’s whereabouts has been provided. 
On 16 December, mainland Chinese media reported that Jiang Tianyong had been placed under police custody for allegedly having “illegally possessed multiple secret state documents, colluded with overseas institutions, organizations and individuals, and is suspected of illegally providing state secrets abroad”. The reports cited unspecified public security authorities.
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.
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:
  • Urging the Chinese authorities to immediately disclose Jiang Tianyong’s whereabouts;
  • Calling on the authorities to immediately release Jiang Tianyong unless there is credible evidence that he may have committed an internationally recognized offence and is granted a fair trial in line with international human rights standards;
  • Urging the authorities to ensure that 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.
Contact these two officials by 16 February, 2017:
Tang Xiangyang
Changsha City Public Security Bureau
No. 140 Jiefangxilu
Changsha Shi, Hunan Sheng,
People’s Republic of China
Salutation: Dear Director
Ambassador Cui Tiankai
Embassy of the People's Republic of China
3505 International Place NW, Washington DC 20008
Fax: 1 202 495 2138  I  Phone: 1 202 495 2266 
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