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China: Further information: Human rights defender sentenced to 12 years: Huang Qi

, Index number: ASA 17/0838/2019

Huang Qi, founder and director of Sichuan-based human rights website “64 Tianwang”, was sentenced on 29 July to 12 years imprisonment following a secret trial in January 2019. The severity of the sentence is believed to be intended as a warning to other activists to stop work documenting human rights violations. Huang Qi continues to suffer from serious health concerns and without access to a lawyer of his choice or his family, he is at real risk of torture or other ill-treatment.

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