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Chen Guiqiu’s Statement of Condemnation Regarding Xie Yang’s Trial

May 8, 2017

On May 8, Xie Yang, a human rights lawyer detained during the 709 Crackdown and charged with “inciting subversion of state power” and “disrupting court order,” was tried in a so-called open first instance trial at Changsha Intermediate People's Court. In court, Xie admitted to his alleged crimes, said he was not forced to confess and was not tortured, and so on. In response, his wife Chen Guiqiu issued a statement condemning what she argued were unlawful actions by the authorities—that Xie must have admitted to guilt under inhumane torture and cruel treatment by the authorities, and that it was only for survival that he would ever allow himself to be subjugated by power.

Previously, on January 13, 2017, Xie Yang issued a statement through his lawyer that said if he ever pled guilty at some point in the future, it would not be the true expression of his volition, but the result of prolonged torture and cruel treatment.



谢阳曾经在2017年1月13日委托律师发布过一个声明:若他认罪,那不是他的意思的真实表达,或者因为持续酷刑折磨。谢阳自2017年2月28日以来,他的辩护律师刘正清和陈建刚一直没有会见到谢阳。我不知道这么长的时间里,谢阳受到了什么样的折磨,可以让他自我认罪,不申请证人出庭, 不申请排除非法证据。我几乎可以断定,谢阳在这段时间里受到了非人的酷刑折磨,为了求生存,他屈膝于公权力!





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