Trial of Pu Zhiqiang

We remain concerned that Pu Zhiqiang, a prominent Chinese defense lawyer, is being tried under vague charges of “inciting ethnic hatred” and “picking quarrels and provoking trouble.”

Lawyers and civil society leaders such as Mr. Pu should not be subject to continuing repression, but should be allowed to contribute to the building of a prosperous and stable China.

We urge Chinese authorities to release Mr. Pu, and call upon China to uphold fundamental civil rights and fair trial guarantees, as enshrined in the PRC constitution and its international human rights commitments.