The Law Society is very concerned for the safety of Ge Yongxi, a Guangdong-based human rights lawyer, at An Guo Law Firm. He is well-known for defending political and social activists, underground church leaders and those involved in a non-violent civil disobedience movement. In 2013 Ge Yongxi was subjected to a travel ban while defending Tang Jingling, a human rights lawyer sentenced to 5 years in prison for subversion.
Between 28 May and 6 June 2015, Ge Yongxi was held at a detention centre in Qing’an, Heilongjiang Province. He was released after 733 Chinese lawyers signed a petition, calling on the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress to investigate his detention. Moreover, on 8 September 2015, Ge Yongxi was prevented from travelling to Hong Kong, despite a lack of documentation authorising his travel ban. These repeated incidents, involving detention and harassment, have impeded Ge Yongxi’s legitimate work as a human rights lawyer.
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