For the first time in four years, wife to meet imprisoned human rights lawyer

Wang Quanzhang
(Photo: Human Rights Tulip/Safeguard Defenders)


(Linyi, Shandong—June 27, 2019) In less than 24 hours, Li Wenzu, the wife of imprisoned Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang, will be allowed to meet with her husband for the first time in almost four years, according to a statement from a prison authority.

Li has been tirelessly advocating for Wang since his disappearance on Aug. 3, 2015, as part of a nationwide crackdown on his profession. Wang went missing, and authorities blocked him from meeting with his family and lawyers. In July 2018, a friend of Li’s spotted Wang at the Tianjin No. 1 Detention Center, and one of his lawyers was later permitted to meet with him. The other, who was hired by Li, was barred from seeing him.

At the end of 2018, Wang was secretly tried for “subversion of state power” and received a four-and-a-half year sentence with a five-year deprivation of political rights. Afterward, he was transferred to a prison in Linyi, Shandong.

On May 20, Li was allowed to watch a short video of Wang and was shocked by the deterioration in his health.

Yesterday, Li received a call from an official at the prison saying that she could meet with Wang at 2:00 p.m. Beijing time on June 28. This will be the first time she has seen her husband since he was taken into police custody.

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