ISHR joins open letter to the embassies of Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America to Egypt, and the European Union Delegation to Egypt.
Chang Weiping has bravely defended sensitive cases of victims of sexual harassment during China’s ‘Me Too’. He has provided pro bono counsel to victims of discriminatory practices due to their sexual orientation or HIV status, or targeted for speaking freely or practicing their religion. He has also helped other activists facing judicial harassment for the legitimate exercise of their human rights.
On January 12, 2020, he was placed under Residential Surveillance at a Designated Location (RSDL) by police from Baoji City for ‘endangering national security’, after attending an informal gathering of human rights lawyers and citizens in Xiamen a month earlier. He was released ten days later on ‘bail pending trial.’
In October 2020, after months of constant police intimidation and restricted movement, he denounced the torture he had been subjected to under RSDL in a video posted on YouTube.
In late 2020, judicial authorities in Baoji City suspended his lawyer’s license. He was disappeared under RSDL on 22 October 2020.
UN experts have publicly called for his release. No one knows where he is held.
Stand in Solidarity!
Feeling supported is vital for disappeared defenders and their relatives. Send a solidarity message to Chen Zijuan, lawyer Chang’s wife: write a postcard, and share it with her on your social media. Don’t hesitate to personalise it before tweeting.
RSDL is undoubtedly a form of enforced disappearance, as well as arbitrary detention. It should be abolished. This is why ISHR and partners are campaigning to #RepealRSDL.
As we celebrate the International Day for Ending Violence Against Women and WHRDs Day during the 16 days of activism to End Violence Against Women, we salute the courageous Sudanese women fighting for freedom and equality. We stand in solidarity with their struggle for democratic change, justice and peace.
On 22 October the International Federation of Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture (FIACAT), Agir Ensemble pour les Droits Humains (AEDH), Tournons la Page, Synergie Ukingo Wetu (SUWE) and SOS Information Juridique Multi Sectorielle (SOS-IJM) organised a side event on the state of civic space in Africa and how to better protect it.