Call for prayer for safety of Chinese rights lawyer Wang Yu, "Woman of Courage" award recipient, suddenly disappears

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Wang Yu (right) with Bao Longjun, her husband (left), and their son Bao Zhuoxuan (01/16/2018).
(Photo: RFA source)

(ChinaAid—March 11, 2021) On March 11, ChinaAid issued a call for prayer for the safety of Chinese rights lawyer Wang Yu, one of 14 women from around the world the US honored as an International Woman of Courage (IWOC). Ms. Wang did not appear for the on-line award ceremony Monday, March 8, that she had planned to attend. As she has been out of touch for two days, Secretary of State Antony Blinken noted, this raises concerns.

At the IWOC award ceremony, State Secretary Blinken announced each "Woman of Courage," for China—Wang Yu:

Wang Yu was one of the country’s most prominent human rights lawyers until her arrest and imprisonment following China’s nationwide persecution of lawyers and rights advocates during the “709 crackdown.” She had taken on multiple politically sensitive cases, representing activists, scholars, Falun Gong practitioners, farmers, and petitioners in cases involving a wide array of issues, including women’s and children’s rights, and the rights to religion, freedom of expression, assembly, and association. She is now under an exit ban and has been harassed, threatened, searched, and physically assaulted by police since she began to take on rights abuse cases in 2011.

Radio Free Asia (FRA) published "US Concerned as Persecuted Chinese Rights Lawyer Wang Yu Misses 'Woman of Courage' Video Award Ceremony," sharing concerns.

Secretary of State Blinken stated:

She [Ms. Wang] has represented cases involving abused children, ethnic minorities, women, and religious adherents, and her work has brought government pressure on her through today....

We have not been in regular communication over the past two days. We’re concerned because we know that she wanted to attend today’s ceremony. We’ll be following up and, if necessary, speaking out on her case.

An activist friend of Ms. Wang confirmed that she knew about the State Department ceremony and wanted to attend. Ms. Wang had tweeted plans to leave Guangzhou on Saturday, but officials held her up for a COVID-19 check. On Sunday, police apprehended her and her husband and transported them from Tianjin. At this time, neither State Secretary Blinken nor Ms. Wang's friend knows their whereabouts.

Bob Fu, PhD, president of ChinaAid, urges Believers, "We need to pray for Ms. Wang's safety."


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And His ears are open to their prayers
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