Disappearance of Chinese human rights lawyer

Who we wrote to

The president of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping.

What’s the issue

Jiang Tianyong, a Chinese lawyer, was reported missing on 21 November 2016 near Changsha, Hunan, under unknown circumstances.

We understand that Mr Tianyong’s family was notified on 31 December 2016 that he was being held under “residential surveillance at a designated location” on suspicion of “fraudulent use of identification, illegal possession of state secrets and illegally providing state secrets”.

Mr Tianyong has not been allowed to see his family nor have access to legal representation.

His family has not been informed of the specific location where he’s being detained or his conditions and treatment while detained.

We understand that Mr Tianyong has previously faced disbarment and has been forcibly arrested and beaten on several occasions.

What we asked for

We urged the Chinese authorities to:

  • carry out a thorough investigation into the detention of Mr Tianyong
  • release Mr Tianyong without delay and make sure that he’s treated in line with international standards, can see his family and have access to a lawyer
  • make sure that lawyers and human rights defenders in China are free to carry out their professional duties without hindrance or interference


2009 – Mr Tianyong faced disbarment for advocating in favour of democratic elections at the Beijing Bar Association

February to April 2011 – Mr Tianyong was forcibly arrested and beaten on several occasions

November 2016 – Mr Tianyong was reported missing

December 2016 – Mr Tianyong’s family was informed that he was being held in detention in a secret location

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