China: prominent human rights lawyer intimidated ahead of Government meetingEvent
- Initial Date
- May 20, 2020
- Event Description
Human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong was harassed ahead of the convening of two of China�s governing bodies this week.
Yesterday, some of China�s top politicians met, including Premier Li Keqiang and President Xi Jinping. Afterward, the National People�s Congress convened. These two sets of meetings comprise one of China�s most major annual political events.
Before the meetings took place, officials harassed and monitored Jiang Tianyong, a human rights attorney. Jiang�s family said national security officers constructed tents so they could monitor Jiang continuously. Cameras were installed at the front door and at the intersection of roads. On Wednesday, an officer approached the door, punched it, shook the fence, and peeped inside the house.
It is not unusual for China to harass activists ahead of major events.
Jiang has previously served prison time for his work defending those targeted by the Chinese government. Even now that he has been released, officials watch him closely and have surrounded him when he has tried to go to restaurants.
He suffers from swollen legs and pain in his waist, but the officials will not let him seek medical treatment in Beijing.
- Impact of Event
- Gender of HRD
- Intimidation and Threats
- Rights Concerned
- Right to healthy and safe environment
- Right to property
- Pro-democracy activist
- Event Location
- Summary for Publications
On 20 May 2020, Jiang Tianyong, human rights lawyer, was intimidated and monotired by security forces ahead of Government meeting in Beijing, China.