Gianluca Costantini
Political Comics

Freedom for Chang Weiping

On 8 June 2023, human rights lawyer Chang Weiping (常玮平) was found guilty of “subversion of State power” and sentenced to three years and six months in prison. On 2 December 2022, the Baoji Municipal Intermediate People’s Court informed the family of detained human rights lawyer Chang Weiping that the Supreme People’s Court has again approved the extension of the deadline for announcing a verdict to 7 January 2023. Chang Weiping was tried behind closed-doors on 26 July 2022.

On 26 July 2022, human rights lawyer Chang Weiping was tried behind closed doors at the Feng County People’s Court in Shaanxi province, for the charge of “subversion of State power”. The trial lasted about 90 minutes and ended without a verdict, which will be announced at a later date.

On 22 June 2022, Chang Weiping’s defence lawyer talked to the human rights defender via a video link from the Feng County Court in Baoji city, Shaanxi province. Chang Weiping continues to suffer from bloody stool. In December 2021, he received a basic rectal examination. However, his family is very concerned that he has been experiencing bloody stool for an extended period of time during detention. His family would like him to undergo gastroscopy and colonoscopy in order to determine whether there are other conditions, which if not detected and treated early, may lead to serious health consequences. On 1 July 2022, Chen Zijuan, Chang Weiping’s wife, sent an official request to the Feng County Detention Centre demanding that Chang Weiping urgently receive a comprehensive health examination, including painless gastroscopy and colonoscopy. Continue


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