MIL-OSI NGOs: China: ‘Malicious’ conviction of #MeToo and labour activists shows Beijing’s growing fear of dissent

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Source: Amnesty International –

Responding to the sentencing of Chinese #MeToo activist Sophia Huang Xueqin to five years in prison and labour activist Wang Jianbing to three years and six months in prison, both for “inciting subversion of state power”, Amnesty International’s China Director Sarah Brooks said:

“Tomorrow marks exactly one thousand days since Sophia Huang Xueqin and Wang Jianbing were arrested. These convictions will prolong their deeply unjust detention and have a further chilling effect on human rights and social advocacy in a country where activists face increasing state crackdowns.

“In reality, they have committed no actual crime. Instead, the Chinese government has fabricated excuses to deem their work a threat, and to target them for educating themselves and others about social justice issues such as women’s dignity and workers’ rights.

“#MeToo activism has empowered survivors of sexual violence around the world, but in this case the Chinese authorities have sought to do the exact opposite by stamping it out.

“These malicious and totally groundless convictions show just how terrified the Chinese government is of the emerging wave of activists who dare to speak out to protect the rights of others.

“Sophia Huang Xueqin and Wang Jianbing have been jailed solely for exercising their right to freedom of expression, and they must be immediately and unconditionally released.”

MIL OSI NGO