Prominent Beijing rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong, Sichuan-based Tianwang website founder Huang Qi and Hubei-based rights activist Liu Feiyue have all been incommunicado since mid-November, amid growing calls forofficial confirmation of their status.

Police are believed to be holding the men in unknown locations, raising fears that they are at risk of torture,” the overseas-based Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) said in a statement on its website.

“The detention and disappearance in quick succession of these well-known leading figures of China’s rights defense movement further signal the escalation of President Xi Jinping’s relentless crackdown on civil society,” it said.

According to a statement from Jiang’s family posted on the Human Rights in China website: “The family cannot accept the fact that Jiang is being administratively detained—or criminally investigated—merely because of his visit with a fellow lawyer’s family in Changsha or for trying to help them find out more about that lawyer’s detention.”

 

(RFA)