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Imprisoned Chinese Lawyer Yu Wensheng Honored with International Human Rights Award

Imprisoned Chinese rights lawyer Yu Wensheng has won an international human rights award in recognition of his fight for justice. Yu Wensheng, 54, was named Martin Ennals Award Laureate 2021 during an online ceremony livestreamed from Geneva on February 11. “In 2020, Chinese authorities harassed human rights defenders raising concerns about COVID, defending ethnic minorities, ...

Rory Karsten

Xu Yan, wife of human rights lawyer Yu Wensheng.

Jailed Chinese Rights Lawyer Yu Wensheng Allowed Contact With Wife

Xu Yan, the wife of jailed Chinese rights lawyer Yu Wensheng, was finally allowed a 20-minute video call with him from a detention center in Xuzhou City, an eastern province of Jiangsu, China. Yu had been incommunicado for almost three years, serving his sentence for “incitement to subvert state power” by the ruling Chinese Communist ...

Max Lu

Xu Yan, the wife of lawyer Yu Wensheng, stands in front of the Jiangsu High Court holding a picture of her husband and a sign describing his mistreatment.

Chinese Human Rights Lawyer Sentenced to 4 Years Prison in Secret Trial

The family of Chinese human rights lawyer Yu Wensheng has learned that he has been secretly sentenced to four years in jail for “inciting subversion of state power.” Yu’s wife, Xu Yan, received a phone call from the People’s Procuratorate of Xuzhou City on June 17, said a joint statement from rights and civic groups, ...

Jessica Kneipp

Xu Yan protesting husband's detention.

Lawyer Yu Wensheng: Today, Anyone in China Could Be the Next Victim

On July 9, 2015, the Chinese government began to purge human rights lawyers, activists, and legal personnel by illegally sending them to prison. This became known as the 709 crackdown. Yu Wensheng, a 50-year-old Beijing lawyer, was arrested on August 6, 2015, and released after 24 hours. Later, he became the defense attorney for lawyer ...

Nspirement Staff