Nearly two weeks after Beijing launched one of its most comprehensive crackdowns on civil society in decades, at least six people remain missing – believed to have disappeared into the custody of China’s security services.
Originally posted by Tom Phillips on TheGuardian.com on July 21, 2015—
“At least 238 people have been detained or questioned since the clampdown began, according to the Hong Kong-based China Human Rights Lawyer Concern Group, which is keeping a tally of the operation’s targets.
The missing – who include a trainee lawyer, a legal assistant and the leader of an underground Christian church – have not been seen since 10 July, after authorities began a major round-up of Chinese human rights lawyers and their associates.
“We just really don’t know [what has happened to them],” said Maya Wang, theChina researcher for Human Rights Watch.
Most of the six are likely to have been spirited away into some form of detention where they face the risk of ill-treatment and torture, Wang added while others may have gone into hiding to escape such a fate.”
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