Dear Director Li:I am writing to express my concern about former human rights lawyer Ding Jiaxi (丁家喜) who has been charged with ‘inciting subversion of state power’ (煽動顛覆國家政權罪) for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of association. Held incommunicado for more than six months, he has had no access to his family and lawyers of his choice.Ding Jiaxi, along with many human rights defenders, has been detained since being taken away by police on 26 December 2019 after joining an informal social gathering in Xiamen. While others who attended the same meeting were released on bail in late June, Ding was formally arrested only on 19 June.The arrest of Ding Jiaxi, as well as the detention of Ding and other human rights defenders who joined the Xiamen meeting, contravenes international human rights laws and standards, including the rights to liberty and to freedom of association. Furthermore, on 23 March 2020, United Nations human rights experts expressed their grave concerns for Ding Jiaxi and two other human rights defenders who had been forcibly disappeared after joining the Xiamen meeting. The experts were dismayed that the Chinese government continues to use national security provisions to target human rights defenders who meet peacefully and solely for exercising their rights.It is distressing to learn that Ding Jiaxi continues to be held incommunicado, with no way for his family and lawyer to check his physical and mental wellbeing. Given the limited safeguards protecting those held incommunicado, I am very worried that Ding is at imminent risk of torture and other ill-treatment.I therefore call on you to immediately:
- Release Ding Jiaxi immediately and unconditionally unless there is sufficient credible and admissible evidence that he has committed an internationally recognized offence and is granted a fair trial in line with international standards.
- Pending his release, ensure that Ding Jiaxi has regular, unrestricted access to family and lawyers of his choice and is not subjected to torture and other ill-treatment.
- Stop harassing and arresting other human rights defenders who peacefully exercise their right to freedom of association and other human rights.Yours sincerely,
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