Open letter to His Excellency Mr Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, from the IBAHRI

The International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute has penned an open letter to His Excellency Mr Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, to express its deep concern at the unprecedented number of lawyers, human rights activists and support staff who have faced arrest, questioning and detention in China since 9 July 2015.

The IBAHRI understands that, at the time of writing, 132 lawyers who work to protect human rights and fundamental freedoms have been summoned, arrested, questioned and/or detained by Government authorities across 24 provinces of China. The IBAHRI is gravely concerned by reports that some individuals have been detained incommunicado; without access to legal counsel; unable to notify family members; and/or detained under residential surveillance and not in an officially recognised place of detention.

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