World Bulletin / News Desk
A Chinese activist who was imprisoned after speaking out about women's rights and Hong Kong's democracy movement has been released after serving three years in jail, her lawyer said Thursday.
"Su Changlan has returned home after her release," lawyer Liu Xiaoyuan said in a statement on Twitter.
Liu has previously claimed that his client was held illegally for years before she was formally convicted and sentenced in March 2017 for "inciting subversion of state power."
Her case drew international attention at a time when Beijing was ramping up its crackdown on civil society, targeting everyone from human rights lawyers to celebrity gossip bloggers.
More than 200 Chinese lawyers and activists were detained or questioned in a police sweep in 2015 that rights groups called "unprecedented".
In a statement Thursday, Amnesty International said that Su's health had deteriorated in "cramped" and "unhygienic" prison conditions, and she now suffers from debilitating heart, liver and gallbladder conditions.
"It's a relief that Su Changlan will not spend another night in jail, but she should never have been denied her freedom in the first place," said Roseann Rife, Amnesty International's East Asia research director.
"It is imperative that the authorities ensure that Su Changlan can receive the appropriate medical care," Rife said.
Su could not be reached for comment on Thursday.
Lawyer Liu said he didn't have much information about her health problems.
"Her family members informed me and her friends today that Su was released and sent a photo of her. They didn't talk about other things," Liu told AFP.
Rights groups say a pattern has emerged in recent years where China releases dissidents from prison in poor health, or only weeks before they pass away, with late Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo being a notable example.
The veteran of the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests died in July, more than a month after he was transferred from prison to a heavily-guarded hospital to be treated for late-stage liver cancer.
Meanwhile, concern is growing over the whereabouts of book publisher Gui Minhai, who failed to contact his family after Chinese authorities said they had released him from detention on October 17.
The Swedish foreign ministry said it had been informed by China of Gui's release and was trying to contact him.
The 53-year-old Swedish citizen and Hong Kong-based publisher, whose company was known for salacious titles about the lives of China's political elite, disappeared in 2015 while on vacation in Thailand.
Some 6,500 Palestinians are currently being held in Israeli prisons
'Texas honors all the men and women who protect and serve our communities, and justice will be served,' Texas governor says
Police said the suspect, 25-year-old Alek Minassian, was not known to them before Monday's carnage in Canada's most populous city, which also left 15 people injured.
At least 41 Palestinians were martyred by Israeli gunfire on Gaza border since March 30
Talks are expected to tackle the possibility of U.S. troop withdrawal from war-torn Syria
Plans to roll out an appeals process globally in coming months came as Facebook provided a first-ever look at internal standards used to decide what posts go too far in terms of hateful or threating speech.
John Bolton led Gatestone Institute from 2013 until he took his White House position earlier this month
Attack ‘not part of a wider plot and there is no threat to national security’, says public safety minister
That vote, scheduled to take place at about 5:00 pm (2100 GMT), would not end the nomination, but would put a negative recommendation in the hands of the closely-divided full Senate -- where his approval is not guaranteed.
The company said in a message to customers that the attack was detected on January 14, at a time when the app had 14 million users in the Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan and Turkey, according to the economic news website Arabian Business.
We hope everyone remains fully committed to implementation and long-term preservation, says UN under-secretary-general
Obama, who met with Mandela in 2005 and who made an emotional address at his funeral, will speak at the lecture marking 100 years since the anti-apartheid icon was born.
A total of 41 Gazans have been martyred by Israeli gunfire since March 30
On Thursday, Iraqi F-16 fighter jets struck ISIL positions in Syria
On Thursday, Iraqi F-16 fighter jets struck ISIL locations in neighboring Syria