John Sudworth of the BBC-News, Beijing, filed a story earlier today in respect of a Chinese lawyer, Wang Quanzhang, who was detained by the communists back in August, 2015, and is still missing. He has vanished. His wife has not heard from him since 2015, yet the world continues to bask in the economic output of China, as human rights suffer defeat at the hands of Beijing authorities.
In July of 2015, Beijing officials arrested or detained more than 200 lawyers, legal assistants and human rights activists in a nationwide raid. The operation dubbed "709 ", according to the BBC-News, because of the July 09, start date of the crackdown, was part of president Xi Jinping's consolidation of power. Xi has been opposed to liberal ideals, like constitutional rights enforceable in courts as posing a danger to Communist Party Rule.
Many lawyers and activists have been jailed, given suspended sentences and some released but kept under constant surveillance. However, Wang Quanzhang, has not been heard from. "I don't know whether he's alive or dead," his wife Li Wenzu told the BBC-News reporter, while adding: "I have had no information at all. He has simply disappeared from the face of the earth. It is so scary, so brutal."
Some commentators of China suggest that the lawyer has disappeared because he failed to compromise his human rights beliefs with any public confession to appease the communists.
But the disappearance of the lawyer, the jailing, detaining and stifling of human rights advocates in China is simply the overt defeat of human rights before an impotent international society that appears to count currency fist before demanding the rights of all people. Before Wang Quanzhang was detained, China sentenced human rights lawyer, advocate and professor, Xu Zhiyong, to four-years in jail on trumped up charges of "gathering crowds to disrupt public order". Xu Zhiyong and his New Citizens Movement had merely through their actions sought clarification of a Chinese citizen's constitutional rights.
Shamefully, the world community stood idly by as protectors of rights like Xu Zhiyong and Wang Quanzhang were jailed and disappeared. Who will now fight for such martyrs? The United States(US)? The United Kingdom(UK)? The European Union(EU)? Or will citizens be left to their own ideas to demand justice and human rights?