Chinese Rights Activist Jiang Tianyong Missing

Chinese Rights Activist Jiang Tianyong Missing
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The wife of one of China’s most prominent human rights campaigners says that her husband Jiang Tianyong, a legal activist, has not been heard from since Monday.  He has disappeared during a trip to visit relatives of a detained rights lawyer.

Jiang’s defence work involved some of China’s most politically sensitive figures in recent years, including the dissident lawyer Gao Zhisheng and blind activist Chen Guangcheng.

He was disbarred in 2009 but has continued his activism, recently helping to publicize the plight of nearly two dozen lawyers arrested as part of a sweeping 2015 government crackdown.  He could not be reached on Thursday on his mobile phone, which was turned off.

Speaking by telephone from California, Jin said her husband’s family sought to file a missing person report in his city of registered residence, Zhengzhou, in central China but police turned them away and told to seek information in Beijing instead.

Jiang was detained for 15 days in 2014 with Tang Jitian and two other lawyers investigating the ­illegal detention of several Falun Gong members in Heilongjiang province.

The Ministry of Public Security in Beijing did not immediately respond to a fax requesting comment about Jiang’s whereabouts.

 

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