The human rights NGO Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) denounced new pressure and harassment from China against lawyers like Zhou Shifengwho is “under police surveillance” without the possibility of leaving his apartment.
According to CHRD, Zhou, who was sentenced to seven years in prison in August 2016 and released in September 2022, he is “under police surveillance”with people “controlling the door of his house and his apartment.”
“Her phone and Wechat social network account are also being monitored. In addition, he was prevented from visiting the mother of a friend of his during Mother’s Day, on May 14,” the NGO said on Monday through Twitter, a censored network in the country.
The NGO also warned of pressure against Li Hepingone of the most recognized defenders of activists in the country and who was sentenced in 2017 to three years in prison for “subversion”.
According to CHRD, Li’s landlord came to his door along with ten other people to try to forcibly evict him despite the fact that he has signed a five-year lease that expires on August 17.
“The landlord came to threatened to kill him and broke the windows of his apartment. Li called the police, who sided with the landlord,” CHRD reports.
Both Zhou and Li were detained along with many other lawyers from firms that defend activists and dissidents (or people close to these lawyers), in what is known as “709 campaign” that began in 2015 against this group.
Finally, the NGO also ensures that the police have questioned the activist in recent days Zhu Chengzhi for “following up” on a preliminary hearing against wang aizhongwho is accused of “causing fights and problems.”
These charges, according to CHRD, are used by the authorities “as a pretext” to jail regime criticsincluding those who post comments or share information on the Internet that they consider a threat to political stability.
(With information from EFE)
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