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Wang Qiaoling, Wife of Lawyer Li Heping, Reflects on Life, Faith, and the 709 Crackdown
Wang Qiaoling, May 26, 2017

Host: Hello everyone and welcome to “Surveying China,” (放眼大陆); I’m Huang Juan (黄娟). From July 9, 2015, for the next two months, about 300 lawyers, rights defenders, and dissidents were subject to mass disappearances; they were summoned by police, detained, and some have eventually been sentenced and jailed. This became the “709 Crackdown” that shocked the world. It’s been almost two years. Some victims have been imprisoned, others have been released on probation, still others have been given suspended sentences. It would seem that what family members want most is for the victims to be released, no matter what the circumstances. However, almost everyone who was released has fallen off the radar — they weren’t in fact truly freed. How can this be?

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Human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong

held in secret detention

since Nov. 21, 2016


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