Updated at 9:41 a.m. on March 28, 2019
(Beijing—March 27, 2019) A previously tortured human rights lawyer was detained for attempting to attend a domestic violence seminar at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.
The attorney, Wang Yu, served time in police custody after being swept up in a 2015 crackdown on lawyers who use their license to defend victims of human rights abuses. In prison, she was forced to confess to her crime on a television broadcast.
Outside the embassy, authorities asked her to produce identification, and she refused. The officials then shackled her and took her to a police station in the Maizidian area. Eventually, she was transferred to a public security bureau branch in Chaoyang District. On Wednesday night, officials released her.
Her husband, Bao Longjun, believes his wife might have been targeted by the officials, according to the South China Morning Post.
Wang’s most recent imprisonment has infuriated some of China’s human rights lawyers, many of whom have also spent time in prison for their defense of their clients.
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