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China: Further information: Formal arrest of lawyer amid fears of torture: Yu Wensheng

, Index number: ASA 17/8295/2018

Beijing human rights lawyer Yu Wensheng has been formally arrested on suspicion of “inciting subversion of state power” and “obstructing the duties of public officers” after being held incommunicado for three months. The recent alleged dismissal of his family- appointed lawyers has raised grave fears about his wellbeing. In a video recorded prior to his detention, Yu Wensheng stated that he would never give up the right to choose his own lawyer unless he was subjected to torture or other ill-treatment.

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