Rights activist goes missing in central China

Jiang Tianyong's wife fears he has had an accident or that state security has abducted him

China
November 25, 2016
A prominent Chinese rights activist has gone missing after visiting relatives of a jailed legal defender in central China, says his wife.

Former lawyer, Jiang Tianyong has not been heard of since he was due to leave Henan province for Beijing on Nov. 21, said his U.S.-based wife Jin Bianling.

"State security had gone to his brother's house in the past to ask about him," Jin told Reuters.

"So we're very worried that he was taken away from the train station or that there was some kind of accident," she said.

Just before he went missing, Jiang was visiting the family of arrested rights lawyer, Xie Yang.

Jiang was a lawyer before being disbarred by the government over his rights work in 2009. AP reported that he has defended high profile activists such as dissident lawyer Gao Zhisheng and blind activist Chen Guangcheng.

The 45-year-old has also being active in helping raise awareness about dozens of Chinese human rights defenders who have been jailed by communist authorities since 2015.

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