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ICC Note: Chinese Christian Lawyer Wang Quanzhang, jailed for his work defending Christians, political activists, and victims of land grab, is still alive since his disappearance in a 2015 police sweep. However, his wife is concerned about his health as he has been forced to take high blood pressure medication which Wang has no previous history of. She also is still barred from visiting him.

07/20/2018 China (Channel News Asia) – Details about the fate of a Chinese lawyer disappeared by authorities over three years ago have emerged for the first time, according to his wife, who fears his jailors are forcing him to take medication.

Wang Quanzhang, who defended political activists and victims of land seizures, has had no contact with the outside world since he disappeared in a 2015 police sweep aimed at courtroom critics of Communist authorities.

He has since been charged with “subversion of state power” but authorities blocked lawyers and family from visiting him.

His case has attracted international attention. German chancellor Angela Merkel met his wife Li Wenzu during a May visit to Beijing – a rare show of solidarity from a world leader.

A month earlier, Li attempted to march 100km to a detention facility to highlight her husband’s plight before she was thwarted by police.

Speaking to AFP, Li said her husband had been able to meet his own defence lawyer Liu Weiguo earlier this month at a detention centre in Tianjin, near Beijing.

But that meeting sparked fresh concerns.

“I’m more worried about his health condition”, she said, noting that she had been told by Liu his jailors had been giving him blood pressure medication.

Wang had no previous history of the disease, she added, raising fears he was being force-fed the drugs.

Amnesty International has noted several cases of detainees caught up in the same crackdown that led to Wang’s arrest saying they were made to take similar medications, resulting in severe health effects.

More than 200 Chinese human rights lawyers and activists were detained or questioned during the sweep on Jul 9, 2015 that ensnared Wang, making it the largest clampdown on the legal profession in recent history.

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