Urgent Action Update: Website Founder At Risk Of Torture (China: UA 274/16)

Urgent Action
January 13, 2017
Liu Feiyue, founder and director of Hubei-based human rights website “Civil Rights and Livelihood Watch” (www.msguancha.com), has been formally arrested for “inciting subversion of state power”. Without access to a lawyer, he remains at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.
Liu Feiyue’s formal arrest, for “inciting subversion of state power”, was approved by the Suizhou City Procuratorate on 23 December 2016. The written notice, stating Liu Feiyue’s location and arrest details, were only made public on 10 January when human rights organization Chinese Human Rights Defenders posted it on its website. He is currently being detained at Suizhou City Detention Centre, Hubei province.
Following notification of his formal arrest, Liu Feiyue’s lawyer has made several attempts to visit him in the detention centre however, officers at the detention centre have rejected, without reasoning, every request to date. Liu Feiyue’s family cannot be reached and, according to his lawyer, they have been warned by police not to disclose any information about Liu Feiyue’s situation. Liu Feiyue’s previous lawyer had also been pressured by authorities and was forced to end his involvement in the case.
Liu Feiyue has not been heard from since sending a text message on 17 November, where he said that state security officers had taken him to an unspecified village. His home was raided the next day by public security officers who confiscated his computers, some printed materials and other personal items.
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:
  • Immediately and unconditionally release Liu Feiyue if he has detained solely for exercising his right to freedom of expression;
  • Ensure that Liu Feiyue is protected from torture and other ill-treatment while in detention, and that he is allowed, without delay, effective access to his family, a lawyer of his choice and that he receives an effective opportunity to challenge his detention.
Contact these two officials by 24 February, 2017:
Tang Wenjiang 
Suizhou City Public Security Bureau
No. 666 Jiaotong Dadao
Suizhou Shi, Hubei 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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Salutation: Dear Ambassador
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