WASHINGTON, Jan 30: The US government has demanded that China release human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang, who has been convicted and jailed for four-and-a-half years for subverting the state, Department of State Deputy Spokesman Robert Palladino said in a statement.
"We call on China to release Mr. Wang immediately and allow him to reunite with his family," Palladino said in the statement on Tuesday. "We remain concerned by the deteriorating situation for the rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedoms in China."
Palladino emphasized that the US government was deeply concerned about Wang’s sentencing in Tianjin, China, on January 28.
"We are troubled that China has subjected Mr. Wang to a three-and-a-half-year period of pre-trial detention, and has been held incommunicado, has been deprived of legal counsel of his choosing, and that his chosen lawyer has been subjected to reprisals," Palladino said.
Wang was among the first individuals detained during the Chinese government’s July 9, 2015 crackdown on legal advocates for rule of law and human rights defenders, and the last to be tried, the statement said. (UNI-SPUTNIK)