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ICC Note:

The United Nations spoke out about China’s crackdown on human rights defenders in China. This week, the lawyer for another human rights lawyer was detained and has yet to be heard from. Chen Jiangiang represent Xie Yang, whose case has brought much international attention for his claims of torture while in detention. Xie defended Christians in Chinese counrts. Chen was removed from the case by China after reporting that his client had been tortured. He recently posted a video saying he feared he would soon “lose his freedom.” A UN human rights spokeswoman said, “”We are dismayed by this continuing pattern of harassment of lawyers, through continued detention, without full due process guarantees and with alleged exposure to ill-treatment and coercion into self-incrimination.”

5/5/2017 China (Reuters) – The United Nations human rights office on Friday denounced China’s “ongoing crackdown” and detention of lawyers and activists and called on authorities to release all those being held for exercising what it called fundamental freedoms.

It voiced concern at reports that defense lawyer Chen Jiangang and his family were taken by police on Wednesday while traveling in the southwest province of Yunnan. His whereabouts are unknown, though his wife and two children were released.

Chen represents Xie Yang, a lawyer in custody since July 2015 whose trial had been due to begin last week on charges of inciting subversion and disrupting court order, U.N. human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said in Geneva.

“Prior to being reportedly taken by police last Wednesday, Chen had, in a video message, expressed concerns that he too may ‘lose his freedom’ and that he may be coerced into self-incrimination,” Shamdasani told a news briefing.

“We are dismayed by this continuing pattern of harassment of lawyers, through continued detention, without full due process guarantees and with alleged exposure to ill-treatment and coercion into self-incrimination,” she said.

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