Who we wrote to
The Chinese authorities
What’s the issue
Jiang Tianyong, a Chinese rights defence lawyer, was tried on 22 August 2017 by the Changsha Intermediate People’s Court of the crime of “inciting subversion of state power”.
His family-appointed defence lawyer did not receive notice of the trial, and his father was forced to appear, calling into question the court’s impartiality and transparency. Jiang was convicted and sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, and three years’ deprivation of political rights.
What we asked for
We urge the Chinese government to:
- respect Jiang’s request to return to his home in Beijing upon his release
- respect Jiang’s right to leave the People’s Republic of China freely, should he choose, in order to be reunited with his family
- cease harassment, surveillance and continuing persecution of Jiang Tianyong, his family and his colleagues
We'll be monitoring the situation to make sure that Jiang's scheduled release in February 2019 and treatment after release are in line with Chinese law and international human rights standards.
November 2016 – Jiang Tianyong was reported missing
6 February 2017 – we sent an intervention letter to the president of China out of concern of the detention of Jian Tianyong, after his initial disappearance in November 2016
22 August 2017 – Jiang Tianyong was tried on 22 August 2017 by the Changsha Intermediate People’s Court of the crime of ‘inciting subversion of state power’ and was convicted and sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, and three years’ deprivation of political rights
28 February 2019 – Jiang Tianyong was due to be released