Detention of human rights lawyer in China

Who we wrote to

The premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, Li Keqiang.

What’s the issue

Xia Lin, a prominent Chinese human rights lawyer, was detained in November 2014.

On 17 September 2016, Mr Lin was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment on fraud charges. It was alleged that he had coerced associates into lending him money to pay off gambling debts.

We understand that Mr Lin pleaded not guilty to these charges and that none of the persons he was accused of having borrowed money from filed a criminal or civil suit against him.

His wife reported that Mr Lin was not allowed to speak during his own trial.

What we asked for

We asked the relevant Chinese authorities to:

  • review the judgment given in the criminal proceedings against Mr Lin and release him without delay
  • make sure that lawyers and human rights defenders can carry out their professional duties without fear of intimidation, harassment or detention


November 2014 – Mr Lin was detained

June 2016 – Mr Lin’s trial in the Beijing Second Intermediate People’s Court started

September 2016 – Mr Lin was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment