China Rights Activist Tried for Subversion of State Power

A human rights activist detained for nearly three years in China, has gone on trial in Shandong province charged with “inciting subversion of state power”, Amy Hawkins reports for The Guardian. On the eve of the trial, the chairs of the US congressional commission on China called for Li’s unconditional release, citing reports that the labor rights and feminist activist needed urgent medical treatment. Li’s charges carry a sentence of up to five years, or potentially longer if she is deemed a ringleader. Li was arrested on 14 March 2021, having previously spent several months under “residential surveillance at a designated location”, a form of detention used by China’s police to hold someone outside of a normal prison without access to family or lawyers. Li is the partner of the imprisoned human rights lawyer Xu Zhiyong, one of the leaders of China’s embattled civil rights movement.

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