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China: Further information: Human rights defenders face lengthy sentences

, Index number: ASA 17/3104/2020

Anti-discrimination NGO workers Cheng Yuan, Liu Yongze and Wu Gejianxiong were tried in secret between 31 August and 4 September 2020 on charges of “subversion of state power”. They face lengthy prison sentences if found guilty. Their families only found out about the trial on 10 September, almost one week after it had ended. No further details about the case have been made public, and all family members have since been barred from entering the Changsha Municipality Intermediate People’s Court. The three men must be immediately and unconditionally released as they are considered prisoners of conscience, detained solely for carrying out their professional work and peacefully defending human rights.

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