Letter on the ongoing detention of Li Yuhan
Today, exactly three years after the arrest of former Chinese human rights lawyer Li Yuhan, Lawyers for Lawyers has sent a letter to the Chinese authorities calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Li Yuhan. In the letter the need for urgent acces to adequate medical care for Li Yuhan is underlined.
Li Yuhan was arrested on October 9, 2017. For more than a month after her arrest, she was refused access to legal representation. On November 15, 2017, she was charged with “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”. Li Yuhan’s trial was scheduled for April 9, 2019, but was postponed. Li Yuhan told her lawyer in late November 2019 that the court had said she would be allowed to practice law again after release, as long as she confessed to her supposed crime. Li Yuhan insisted that she would not confess. The current status of Li Yuhan’s trial is unknown. Li Yuhan continues to be held in Shenyang City No. 1 Detention Center, Liaoning Province.
Li Yuhan has several urgent medical conditions: arrhythmia, fluttering in chest and tremors, coronary heart disease, unstable angina, hyperthyroidism, acute erosive gastritis, cerebral concussion, and cerebral ischemia. According to our information, Li Yuhan has reported being refused medical treatment. Furthermore, applications for bail have been denied, and the detention centre has denied her brother to provide her with the medication she needs. As of January 2020, authorities have disallowed all visits to Li Yuhan, including visits by her lawyer, citing the COVID-19 pandemic. The actual status of Li Yuhan’s health is unknown as of the writing of this letter.
In the letter, Lawyers for Lawyers expresses grave concerns about the health and welfare of Li Yuhan and urges the authorities, amongst other things, to immediately and unconditionally release Li Yuhan, and grant her urgent access to adequate medical care.
Meer nieuws uit China
Concerns about the revocation of licenses of Xi Xiangdong and Zhou Ze and suspension of Peng Yonghe’s license
Lawyers for Lawyers is concerned about the ongoing suspension and revocation of the licenses of lawyers, who take on politically sensitive cases. After the cases of Lu Siwei and Ren Quanniu last month, it has been confirmed that again theLees verder
Concerns about the suspension of the legal practicing licenses of Yang Bin and Chang Weiping
Lawyers for Lawyers is concerned about the revocation of the legal practicing licenses of lawyers Yang Bin and Chang Weiping from China. Both lawyers are known to have taken on politically sensitive cases. Human rights lawyer Yang Bins’ legal practicingLees verder
Joint statement on the continuous house arrest of Jiang Tianyong
Two years ago, on the 28th of February 2019, Chinese lawyer Jiang Tianyong was officially released from prison after serving a two-year prison sentence for ‘inciting subversion of state power’. However, since his release, Mr Jiang has been kept underLees verder
Chinese New Year: a grim outlook for the situation of human rights lawyers in the Year of the Ox
Today marks the start of the Chinese New Year and the start of the Spring Festival. The Year of the Ox, associated with honesty, earnestness and selflessness, seems unlikely to bring good news for human rights lawyers and activists thatLees verder