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China vows to eradicate political opposition by arresting human rights activists

June 16, 2022 5:39 p.m. STI

beijing [China]June 16 (ANI): In a further escalation of China’s human rights crackdown, the country is violating the right of detained activists accused of “subversion of state power” to complete legal procedures to defend.
It comes as security officials have pledged to weed out political opposition ahead of a party congress later this year, when Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to win another five-year term as chief of queue.
Chinese activist Xu Zhiyong and human rights lawyer Ding Jiaxi have been charged by China with “subversion of state power” and will be tried separately on June 17 and 20. get involved in the facts.
In her tweet, Ding Jiaxi’s wife said lawyers were not allowed to meet with the detained activists, nor were they given copies of the files.
Xu Zhiyong, a former lecturer at the University of Posts and Telecommunications in Beijing, became a civil rights activist and founded the “New Citizens Movement” which aims to ease China’s transition to constitutionalism.
The arrest of the activists came as China charged around 20 lawyers and activists who met at a rental villa near the Chinese seaside in 2019 to discuss the embattled human rights movement .
Chris Buckley, writing in The New York Times, said a weekend get-together in 2019 offered Beijing a chance to deliver a blow to the “advocacy” movement. Now two key participants are facing years in prison.

The two best-known participants – Xu Zhiyong and Ding Jiaxi – are awaiting trial on charges of subversion related to the rally.
Encounters like this, once common among Chinese human rights activists, have become increasingly risky under Xi Jinping’s hardline rule. Under his leadership, many newspapers, research organizations and groups that once supported independent-minded activists in China were disbanded, Buckley said.
As Xi Jinping prepares to extend his reign in power, those who are still speaking out are wondering how China’s human rights movement can survive a vicious cycle of surveillance, house arrest, detentions and court case.
“It shows how terrified they are of even the small buds of Chinese civic consciousness and civil society,” Liu Sifang, a teacher and amateur musician who attended the rally, said in an interview from Los Angeles, where he lives now.
One of the rally attendees, lawyer Chang Weiping, was detained for a second time and arrested for subversion after he said on video that interrogators tortured him during his first time in custody.
Xu, 48, and Ding, 54, have both told lawyers they did nothing illegal, but face prison terms of 10 years or even more if a party-controlled court dooms them, which seems almost inevitable.
While Western governments have focused on mass detentions of Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region, the prosecution of Xu and Ding highlights the Chinese Communist Party’s intense campaign against dissent across China, Buckley said. (ANI)