Henan rights activist Xing Wanli lost contact after visiting human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong

According to an April 28 release from Rights Defense Network, Xing Wangli, a human rights activist from Xixian County, Xinyang City, Henan Province, was intercepted by police officers from the Tiananmen Branch of the Beijing Public Security Bureau on Tuesday when he went to the post office on Justice Road in Beijing’s Dongcheng District to mail a letter. At around 7:00 p.m. that night, Xing Wangli confirmed during a phone call with his family that he and his fellow Xixian visitor Yu Jun were illegally detained at the Tiananmen Public Security Bureau. Subsequently, the two were forced to take back to their original home by police officers and community cadres hiring black cars in the district police station. The two are being held under house arrest, while Xing Wangli’s life and death are unknown.

The source said that Xing Wangli was taken to Xixian at around 4:50 a.m. this Wednesday and was escorted to Huaihe Street Police Station in Xixian at around 5:00 a.m. He was then taken away by the Xixian Public Security Bureau Public Security Brigade to make a statement, the reason being that he was not supposed to go to Beijing.

On April 20, Xing Wangli and his wife visited Jiang Tianyong, a human rights lawyer under house arrest in Lingshan Township, Luoshan County, Henan Province, and were lured to the CaoYuan Village Committee of Huaihe Street by the head of Huaihe Police Station and officers from the Huaihe Street Office in CaoYuan Community.

It is reported that Chinese human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong has been involved in many human rights cases, including the rescue of AIDS-infected people, the black brick kiln case in Shanxi, the direct election of lawyers in Beijing, the Chen Guangcheng case, the Gao Zhisheng case, and the Falun Gong case. He was arrested on November 21, 2016, and subsequently sentenced to two years in prison for “subversion of state power. Jiang was released from prison on February 28, 2019, but is still under illegal house arrest by Xinyang state security and secret agents.