Chinese human rights lawyers charged with subversion to go on trial in ‘naked case of persecution’

Both men reportedly subjected to torture by binding them to an iron ‘tiger-chair’

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar
Wednesday 22 June 2022 17:18 BST
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<p>Protesters hold images of Chinese rights advocate Xu Zhiyong</p>

Protesters hold images of Chinese rights advocate Xu Zhiyong

Two Chinese lawyers and rights activists will go on trial over charges of state subversion in what is seen as Beijing’s clampdown against dissent and activism.

Xu Zhiyong, 49, and Ding Jiaxi, 54, were scheduled to appear before the Linshu county court in the northeastern province of Shandong on Wednesday and Friday respectively.

The trial will be held behind closed doors where the two have been permitted legal representation but other visitors, including relatives and diplomats, will not be allowed to attend.

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