Dear Chief Procurator Wang:
I am writing to express my grave concern for three anti-discrimination NGO workers, Cheng Yuan (程渊), Liu Yongze (刘永泽) and Wu Gejianxiong (吴葛健雄), who have been detained incommunicado since 22 July 2019. It is distressing to know that members of the three men’s families have been kept in the dark about the case for almost a year, only finding out about your procuratorate’s indictment in the case as a result of a telephone call that they initiated on 10 July. The three men, who are now detained at Changsha City Kaifu District Detention Centre, have been charged with “inciting subversion of state power” (煽动颠覆国家政权罪) and are awaiting trial by the Changsha Intermediate People’s Court. Therefore, I call on you to:
- immediately and unconditionally release Cheng Yuan, Liu Yongze and Wu Geijianxiong and drop the charges against them as they have been detained solely for carrying out their professional work and peacefully defending human rights.
- ensure that each has regular, unrestricted access to family members and lawyers of their choice and ensure that they are not subjected to torture or other ill-treatment while in detention