Concern mounts for detained Chinese activists

Pro-democracy demonstrators hold up portraits of Chinese disbarred lawyer Jiang Tianyong, demanding his release, during a demonstration outside the Chinese liaison office in Hong Kong, China December 23, 2016. (Reuters file photo)

GENEVA: Human rights activists called on China on Wednesday on stop detaining lawyers and critics, voicing concern for their health and fate in custody, after the death of jailed Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo attracted international attention in July.

They highlighted the case of Jiang Tianyong, a prominent human rights lawyer disbarred in 2009, who disappeared last November and was held incommunicado for six months.

Mr Jiang's verdict is pending on charges of subversion, to which he confessed at a trial last month, saying he had been inspired to overthrow China's political system by workshops he attended overseas.

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