Fear grips as popular rights activist arrested; authority feigns knowledge of his disappearance

Fear grips as popular rights activist arrested; authority feigns knowledge of his disappearance

– Fear has gripped the human rights community following the arrest of Guo Feixiong

– Feixiong was reported to have been arrested while trying to catch a flight to the US

– Authorities said there is no clue on the whereabouts of the rights activist who has been jailed for 10 years

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Guo Feixiong, a human legal rights activist, has been declared missing after he was reportedly blocked from joining his family in the United States.

According to The Independent, Feixiong was stopped at Shanghai’s Pudong airport over the weekend, with local authorities and police saying they have no clue of his whereabouts.

He was said to have arrived at the airport on Thursday, February 18, where he was reportedly detained and denied flight to the US.

Fear grips as popular rights activist arrested; authority feigns knowledge of his disappearance

The Chinese rights activist was last seen at the airport.
Credit: Open Democracy
Source: UGC

Feixiong had told close friends in a private message that he would go on an “indefinite hunger strike” unless he was allowed to see his wife and children residing in the United States.

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The right activist had also threatened to beg people around the world “to offer assistance.”

Speaking on her brother’s disappearance, Yang Maoping said the activist was arrested and being detained for his human rights activism.

As a lawyer, Guo represented government critics and had been imprisoned for more than 10 years under China’s loosely defined state security laws.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Joe Biden administration described as “unproductive and cynical” the decision by China to sanction some officials of the last Donald Trump-led administration.

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The White House also labelled the sanction as one capable of sowing the seed of rancour and further straining the relationship between the US and the Asian country.

Emily Horne, a national security council spokeswoman said in a statement on Wednesday, January 20, that China’s decision which was announced when a new president was taking an oath of office is untimely.

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