On February 1, 2016, the Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Qiushi was released on bail, after he spent three weeks in detention. Wang Qiushi disappeared on January 9, 2016 after he was summoned by police in Beijing. The two days after that, he was subjected to police harassment and intermittent interrogation.
Wang Qiushi is one of the many lawyers that are the subject of a crackdown against human rights lawyers that started on 9 July 2015. In the weeks hereafter, more than 300 human rights lawyers, legal assistants, and rights activists were targeted during the nationwide sweep. This situation is very worrying.
Wang Qiushi is a Heilongjiang-based human rights lawyer who has taken on a number of so-called ‘politically sensitive’ cases in the past number of years. In March and April 2015, he represented women’s rights activist Ms Wei Tingting, who was one of five feminists arrested for planning anti-sexual harassment demonstrations to mark International Women’s Day on 8 March. Since taking on the case of fellow human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang,In addition, he represents his colleague lawyers, like Wang Quanzhang.
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