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China: Further information: Trial delay for detained Australian-Chinese writer: Yang Hengjun

, Index number: ASA 17/3661/2021

Yang Hengjun was scheduled to stand trial in January 2021. However, the reasons of the delay have not made known to the public, his trial has been delayed by three months. Detained for more than 24 months, Yang continues to deny all allegations of espionage and has endured countless hours of interrogations and extremely stressful conditions. With uncertainty around whether he will have regular access to consular representatives and his lawyer, there are concerns that Yang might be subjected to torture and other ill-treatment.