Wife of missing Chinese human rights lawyer speaks out

Wang Qiaoling, the wife of Li Heping, a top civil rights lawyer in China who disappeared from his home last July during a government crackdown on dissidents, has spoken out to The Guardian about her grief and anger. Li and up to 35 other activists and lawyers are still missing or in custody, according to China Human Rights Lawyers’ Concern Group. “There isn’t any information. We haven’t received any kind of notice or correspondence from the government,” said Wang. “I never thought this country could be so corrupt.” Li is one of the country’s foremost humans rights lawyers, defending dissidents and other politically sensitive clients such as the blind activist Chen Guangcheng. Wang hasn’t heard from him since government officials seized him at their home in Beijing. The six-month deadline for the government to either charge or release him has expired, but his location remains a mystery, and according to his wife, “there is basically no information whatsoever about what his status is.” She is now raising their two children alone, but says that this is nothing compared to the emotional cost of losing her husband. “My heart is broken,” she said. “My family has been taken away.”

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