Yang Hengjun:

“The first six months, when I was in RSDL [residential surveillance at a designated location – a type of secret detention], was a really bad period. They tortured me.”

theguardian.com/world/2021/may… h/t @pjmooney
The torture details here fit a consistent pattern of systematised and methodical torture, as documented by NGOs for years and years.

(See the below piece by @CHRDnet for example):

Also, Yang Hengjun claims he is 100% innocent & wants any confessions he made as a result of torture to be excluded

But odds are not good. @amnesty looked at the extreme difficulty in excluding unlawfully obtained evidence in this report:

Art: @badiucao

amnesty.org/download/Docum… Image
Just using common sense, what is a judge to do?

If it's true that he was interrogated by 300 people, and held in RSDL (which the UN has condemned), what is a judge to do in the face of such a systematic torture system?

"Hey guys, I think what we're doing is against the rules?"

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4 Jun
Given that Chow Hang-tung had recently only called for people to engage in private commemorations of the Tiananmen Massacre, this should show everyone that banning the Vigil on the grounds of COVID was always a facade.

The ICCPR applies to Hong Kong, and its application is even mentioned in the National Security Law.

Authorities should abide by their duty to respect human rights and release her.
Please se this piece in which I spell out the details on why suppressing the commemoration is not in line with human rights laws and standards.

(But in terms of human rights refereeing, it's really a very straightforward determination):

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20 Oct 20
As a Catholic who loves Francis and the encyclical #FratelliTutti, I couldn't agree more with @benedictrogers's piece below, & the sense of being "heartbroken".

There's also an added sense of irony with respect to the human rights crisis facing #Uyghurs

To some extent, the encyclical was inspired by the Grand Imam Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, who together with Pope Francis declared:

“God has created all human beings equal in rights, duties and dignity, and has called them to live together as brothers and sisters” (see paragraph 5).
Grand Imam Ahmad Al-Tayyeb is the current Grand Imam of al-Azhar and former president of al-Azhar University

In 2017 Uyghurs studying at al-Azhar were forcibly returned

This was one of the first high profile actions in the crackdown under Chen Quanguo

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