Hands and feet of human rights lawyer cuffed to iron chair.
Jailed human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong continues to endure deplorable prison conditions, resulting in a further deterioration of his physical and mental health. Denied access to the verdict against him, Jiang’s family and lawyers cannot verify his release date. He remains imminent risk of torture and other ill-treatments.
Jiang Tianyong is being forced to endure alarming prison conditions and, as a result, his health continues to deteriorate. According to Jiang’s family, the prominent Chinese human rights lawyer’s memory has drastically worsened. Jiang Tianyong has said he is force-fed unknown medication twice a day, and his father has seen his hands and feet cuffed to an iron chair.
Jiang Tianyong was found guilty of “inciting subversion of state power” by the Changsha City Intermediate People’s Court on 21 November 2017. He was sentenced to two years of imprisonment and deprivation of political rights for three years.
Jiang Tianyong told his sister in May 2018 that, according to the initial sentencing, he should be released on 28 February 2019. However, his family and lawyer have no way to verify his release as they have not been given access to the document.
Based on the testimonies of several other lawyers detained in the mass crackdown on lawyers and activists in July 2015 that they had been drugged or ill-treated while in detention, there is real concern that Jiang Tianyong is at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.
Please take urgent action.