|Representative Chris Smith (left)
with Li Heping (right).
(Photo: China Aid)
Translated and written in English by Brynne Lawrence.
(Tianjin, China—Jan. 19, 2016) Officials in China’s northern Tianjin Municipality formally arrested another prominent human rights lawyer on suspicion of “subverting state power” on Jan. 8.
On July 10, 2015, authorities took Li Heping from his home during a nationwide crackdown on human rights lawyers and detained him at an undisclosed location. On the morning of Jan. 19, Li’s wife, Wang Qiaoling, went with his defense lawyer, Ma Lianshun, to Tianjin Municipal Detention Center No. 1 to inquire after his whereabouts.
According to a message from Ma, a police officer at the detention center disclosed that the No. 2 Branch of the Tianjin Municipal Procuratorate approved Li’s official arrest on Jan. 8. Li’s relatives have not yet received an official notice of the arrest.
China Aid exposes human rights abuses, such as those experienced by Li Heping, in order to promote human rights and rule of law in China.