Update: On December 16, 2016, the family of Huang Qi received a formal notice stating that he had been arrested for “providing state secrets abroad,” and that he was being held in Mianyang City Detention Center. On December 23, Jiang Tianyong’s family received a notice issued by Changsha police that Jiang has been subjected to “residential surveillance at a designated location” for “inciting subversion.” The authorities have not disclosed where they are holding him. On December 27, Liu Feiyue’s family received a formal notice issued by the Suizhou procuratorate, dated December 23, that Liu had been arrested for “inciting subversion.” On January 4, a volunteer for the 64tianwang.com website, Hu Jinqiong, was detained by Sichuan police for “creating disturbances.” Police have denied the lawyers of Huang, Jiang, and Liu access to their clients, citing concerns about national security or stating that granting such access would “impede investigations.” The three detainees should have immediate access to their lawyers and families, Human Rights Watch said.
(New York) – China’s government should immediately account for three prominent human rights defenders who appear to have been forcibly disappeared, Human Rights Watch said today. Human rights campaigner Liu Feiyue, lawyer Jiang Tianyong, and activist Huang Qi, have all been previously harassed by the authorities and have been missing since November 17, 21, and 28, 2016, respectively.