Tang Jingling is a human rights lawyer whose clients have included villagers fighting government corruption and victims of illegal land appropriation.
In 2006, Tang’s license to practice law in China was suspended, after which he became involved in a non-violent civil disobedience movement in China. Over the years, Tang experienced frequent police harassment and interrogation.
In 2012, he was detained for five days following his work investigating the death of human rights defender Mr. Li Wangyang.
Tang was arrested on suspicion of “ inciting subversion of state power” in the weeks leading up to the 25th anniversary of the Chinese government’s crackdown on the 1989 student protests in Tiananmen Square.
Tang’s joint trial with two other prominent political advocates was held in July 2015, after the three had been detained for more than a year; however, no verdict was reached when the trial concluded.