04/27/2018

Urgent Action Update: Formal Arrest of Lawyer Amid Fears of Torture (China: UA 19.18)


Beijing human rights lawyer Yu Wensheng has been formally arrested on suspicion of “inciting subversion of state power” and “obstructing the duties of public officers” after being held incommunicado for three months. The recent alleged dismissal of his family- appointed lawyers has raised grave fears about his wellbeing. In a video recorded prior to his detention, Yu Wensheng stated that he would never give up the right to choose his own lawyer unless he was subjected to torture or other ill-treatment.

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Beijing human rights lawyer Yu Wensheng has been formally arrested on suspicion of “inciting subversion of state power” and “obstructing the duties of public officers” after being held incommunicado for three months. The recent alleged dismissal of his family- appointed lawyers has raised grave fears about his wellbeing. In a video recorded prior to his detention, Yu Wensheng stated that he would never give up the right to choose his own lawyer unless he was subjected to torture or other ill-treatment.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Immediately and unconditionally release Yu Wensheng as he has been detained solely for peacefully exercising his human right to freedom of expression;
  • Ensure that Yu Wensheng has regular, unrestricted access to a lawyer of his choice and his family;
  • Ensure that while in detention Yu Wensheng is not subjected to torture or other ill-treatment.

Contact these two officials by 7 June, 2018:

Director
Wang Wensheng
Xuzhou City Public Security Bureau
6 Jinshandonglu, Quanshanqu,
Xuzhou Shi, Jiangsu Sheng 221000
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
Phone: 1 202 495 2266 I Fax: 1 202 495 2138
Email: [email protected] 
(If you receive an error message, please try calling instead!)
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

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