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"In China Wang Chang Yang has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison. The state subversion Wang who defended Falun Gong members political activists and victims of land seizures disappeared for years ago. In the sweep known as the seven zero nine crackdown aimed at courtroom. Critics of communist authorities. I'm joined by Amnesty, International's Doreen Lau, the China researcher who's been following Wang's case closely can you start storing just by telling us about the background to this and the seventy nine crackdown. Sure. So launching a human rights lawyer, and he has been working very closely with love humorous defenders in defending the rights of marginalized communities, including religious groups and also victims of forced evictions. The crackdown is a large-scale crackdown targeting human rights, lawyers in China in this particular crackdown over two hundred and fifty lawyers and activists were targeted they were subsequently detained and imprisoned because of their work in defending human rights and now a four and a half year jail sentence at adequate he hasn't been heard from for most of the time since he was arrested. No, three years leading up to this Shan trial, the authorities disappeared and John into a black hole where he was likely tortured Wong's family who continue to be harassed by the authorities didn't even know if he was alive until very recently. And this sentence does this he will continue to be in jail. Presumably. Yes. He was detained since August two dozen fifteen and he's now sentenced to four and a half years. So if that includes the time that he served that meet which means he will be in jail for a little over a year. What happened to his fellow lawyers? Also arrested in the twentieth. Fifteen crackdown. A lot of them actually, one Jong is the only lawyer who was awaiting trial before this sentence was handed down today for the other lawyers who were detained and later released. A lot of them actually are still subjected to ferry Sophia surveillance a lot of them has lost their license. For example, one you very prominent human rights lawyer based in Beijing has lost her license because of her work and a lot of other lawyers actually also gave their council on being drugged and subjected to torture and other forms of ill treatment while they were detained this just sounds extraordinary. The idea of drugging and torturing lawyers for doing their job is this just me not understanding the Chinese system, or or is there something it sounds wrong. It is wrong. Actually, according to a lot of testimonies given by the lawyers detained during the lawyers crackdown say were detained and who are Giffen some drugs and were also beaten up, and it was also unclear to us and also to many of their families. What happened and also whether or not the procedures were lawful. Why would anyone become a human rights lawyer? Always that is that actually the purpose of this action. Actually for the many lawyers who were detained during this crackdown. They weren't doing something very different from other lawyers. They were basically doing their job being lawyer defending their clients. What was problematic to the authorities was that they were defending? Marginalized communities. They were challenging the local authorities. They were pointing out or going. Challenging the interest of the local government. And that's why what they're doing became very very sensitive. But what does this? Ultimately mean for the rule of the law in China? Well. Instead. For China, even though. The precedent. And also a lot of stories kept saying that China has ruled flow. But from what we've seen what we've seen for from these experiences of these lawyers. We can tell that there's also still a lot of unlawful practices, for example, in one Xinjiang's arm trial. It was closed door. He had no access to his lawyer. And also his family received over over the three and a half years received only one former notice from the authorities, and that's it. Dorian loud, China research at Amnesty International. Thank you for joining us on Newsday.."