Another human rights lawyer in China has been charged with “inciting subversion of state power” and is set to go before a court in Tianjin. Wang Quanzhang is one of many human rights lawyers in China that have been swept up by the state for defending the personal rights of individuals, including Christians. Many human rights lawyers arrested in China are detained for their work defending China’s growing Christian community. Will Wang be convicted of the “crime” China has charged him with?
02/17/2017 China (Asia News) – Human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang has been charged with “inciting subversion of state power” and is set to go before a court in Tianjin. The same court has already convicted other lawyers sentencing them to three to seven years in jail.
Wang is part of a group of lawyers and activists arrested during a crackdown against human rights defenders referred to as 709 because it began on 9 July (2015). On that day, about 300 rights lawyers and activists were detained, interrogated or threatened.
Wang was one the first to be arrested and has been held incommunicado in secret locations.
At least half of them are Christian (Protestant and Catholic) lawyers who use Chinese law to protect their communities and clergymen from abuse by local authorities.
Several of them have defended Christian communities during the campaign of cross destruction countryside in Zhejiang.