Trial Begins for Chinese Human Rights Lawyer
He’s charged with “inciting state subversion.” Xie Yang has been detained since 2015, one of hundreds arrested during an internationally decried government crackdown on those who fight for human rights in China. Another lawyer was convicted on similar charges in a secret trial last month. Xie’s lawyers claim he’s been tortured in custody, a charge Chinese authorities vehemently deny. He’ll be represented at trial by two government-appointed attorneys after his own lawyer was mysteriously arrested last week and hasn’t been seen since. Xie could face five years in prison.