Urgent Action: Activists Held Incommunicado for Months (China: UA 20.20)

Activists Zhang Zhongshun and Dai Zhenya and former human rights lawyer Ding Jiaxi (pictured) were all taken into police custody on 26 December 2019, following their participation in an informal meeting with other lawyers and activists earlier that month. Accused of “inciting subversion of state power”, the three are being held in an unknown location. Without access to their families and lawyers of their choice, there are grave concerns that they are at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.



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Zhao Feng
Director of Yantai City Public Security Bureau
7 Changan Lu, Laishan Qu
Yantai Shi, Shandong Sheng 264003
People’s Republic of China
Ambassador Cui Tiankai
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
3505 International Place NW, Washington DC 20008
Phone: 202 495 2266 I Fax: 202 495 2138
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Dear Director Zhao,

I am writing to express my concern for Dai Zhenya, Zhang Zhongshun and former human rights lawyer Ding Jiaxi, who were all taken away by police on 26 December 2019 following an informal gathering with other lawyers and activists in Xiamen earlier that month.

The families of the three men have said they have not yet received any official documents in relation to the detentions. According to Ding Jiaxi’s wife, the police have only verbally informed the family that Ding had been detained.

Your bureau has reportedly denied all requests by the three men’s lawyers to meet with them because the men are accused of “endangered state security” by “inciting subversion of state power”.

The three have been placed under residential surveillance at a designated location. Denied any access to their families and a legal counsel of their choice, the three men are at serious risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

I call on you to immediately and unconditionally release Dai Zhenya, Ding Jiaxi and Zhang Zhongshun, unless there is sufficient credible and admissible evidence that they have committed an internationally recognized offense and are granted a fair trial in line with international standards; and ensure that pending their release, Dai, Ding and Zhang are not subjected to any torture or other ill-treatment and have regular and unrestricted access to a lawyer of their choice and are able to communicate with family members, without interference unless justified in line with international human rights law.

Yours sincerely,