“We are aware of recent information regarding the serious mistreatment of detained human rights lawyers Li Heping, Wang Quangzhang and Xie Yang. If verified, this mistreatment would amount to torture”, – says the European External Actions Service (EEAS) spokesperson statement.
Since December 2015 review of China, the Committee Against Torture has been expressing serious concerns over reports about the practice of torture and ill-treatment in China’s justice system.
‘The European Union expects that the competent authorities in China will investigate, without delay, the account of torture in the case of Xie Yang and the allegations of torture in the cases of Li Heping and Wang Quanzhang.”
According to Article 18 of China’s Criminal Procedure Law, if the reports of mistreatment or torture are confirmed the punishment of the responsible follows.
“We reiterate our call for the release of the lawyers and human rights defenders who remain in detention, including Jiang Tianyong”- concludes the EEAS.
Recently the debate on torture as an ‘enhanced interrogation techinique’ came in public eye worldwide with the intention of USA President Donald Trump to give green light to waterboarding in cases of terrorist inqueries, especially dealing with Islamic State agents.