A group of lawyers and judges under the International Commission of Jurists in China has banded together to demand the release of human rights lawyer and activist Xie Yang. Xie is known for taking on China by defending the rights of Christians and speaking out against land grabs. He has not been heard from since he spoke with his lawyer about being tortured while in detention. The statement said, “No lawyer should ever be subject to persecution for carrying out their professional duties.” Xie’s wife was told by authorities he would be released by now. Xie was detained during a crackdown on human rights activists by the Chinese government in 2015.
5/3/2017 China (Radio Free Asia) – An international group of lawyers and judges on Tuesday called on Beijing to release human rights lawyer Xie Yang, who was detained during a nationwide crackdown on the legal profession beginning in July 2015, and whose trial at a court in the central province of Hunan was called off last month.
The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) called on the Chinese government to release Xie, who has reported torture during his incarceration.
“Xie Yang’s arrest and prosecution seem to be in connection with his performing legitimate professional functions as a human rights lawyer,” ICJ secretary general Sam Zarifi said in a statement on the group’s website.
“No lawyer should ever be subject to persecution for carrying out their professional duties,” Zarifi said. “Lawyers in China like Xie Yang are indispensable in ensuring human rights protection and upholding the rule of law in China.”
“The government should release Xie Yang immediately and conduct a prompt, thorough, and impartial investigation on the allegations that he has been subjected to torture,” he said.