Melbourne, Australia Yang Henjun, a Chinese-Australian national, is expected to stand trial in China on Thursday on charges of espionage and acting as a spy for the Australian government.
In a letter written in March and issued on the eve of the trial, it was Yang Stokey.
In the letter, which was published in the Australian media, he wrote, “There is no salvation other than feeling terrified.” “I have no fear now. I will never compromise.
“The values and beliefs we share that I share with my readers are greater than I am.”
The 56-year-old was a writer, blogger and pro-democracy activist He was arrested in January 2019 when he arrived at Guangzhou Airport He and his wife had to face the death penalty if he “endangered national security, causing serious harm to the country and the people.” The minimum sentence is three years.
The Australian government has long denied allegations of spying for Australia, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison calling the allegations in “absolutely untrue”. Canberra has called Yang’s detention “unacceptable.”.
According to Amnesty International, he may have faced more than 30,000 interrogations while in prison.
These inquiries are designed to “make a confession” and “make a case against him,” says friend and colleague Fag Chongyi.
The Sydney-based Australian fugitive and self-confessed “Chinese liberal” was arrested by the Chinese government in 2017 after a week-long educational visit.
“My detention was similar to that of Yag – to try to establish a case of espionage,” Fen told Al Jazeera. “But I was so lucky that I escaped Yang’s fate.”
He and other liberals say Yingluck “aims to promote the rule of law, human rights and democratization.”
“And of course, by doing so we are criticizing the current one-party dictatorship and analyzing the relationship between Chinese society, especially state-society.”
State Security Officer Active, Novelist
Feng has known Yang since 2000 as a “friend and colleague” and described him as “idealistic and ambitious”.
Fein confirmed that Yang had worked for the Chinese Ministry of State Security (MSS) for one year, which he described as “provincial level”.
But according to Fein, Yang became frustrated with his work with the MSS and began writing detective novels “so that he would not escape the profession.” [in] Or there was no enthusiasm for “.
Such novels were based on Ya’s own experiences in the ministry and were posted on the Internet as pseudonyms, although not published in China as a book.
Yang and Fein initially connected online. He first moved to Australia in 2000 and began studying under Fag at the University of Technology Sydney five years later.
In particular, Fein says, Yang was to study “the potential impact of the Internet on Chinese communist rule.” By doing so, he made himself a liberal.
Or after graduation, the two worked together in several joint publications, editing books and running conferences on Chinese liberalism and democracy.
Fan says Yang’s father – head teacher and teacher – “was prosecuted by the government [and] There was no good relationship or opinion about the communist dictatorship.
He also believes that this effect can be attributed to Fat’s totality, which turned Yang from an agent of the provincial government to a clear pro-democracy activist.
Yang’s status as an Australian citizen has turned his detention and impending trial into an international diplomatic issue.
In a recent media statement, Australian Foreign Minister Maurice Payne said “despite repeated requests from Australian authorities, Chinese authorities have not provided any explanation or evidence for the allegations made against Dr Ya Facing.”
“After his arrest, Dr. Yang had no access to his family, and limited, delayed access to his legal representation.”
The statement also raised concerns that the trial would be a closed-door affair, with no Australian officials present.
Diplomats were barred from court by Canadians Michael Covrig And Michael Spore, Who was arrested a month earlier or allowed only limited consular contact, was charged in March with espionage. Both are awaiting a verdict. A Chinese court found 99 percent of the defendants guilty.
“We have been making clear to the Chinese authorities our concerns about the lack of procedural impartiality regarding the treatment of Dr. Yaang and how to manage his case,” Penny said.
“Access to trial should be minimal for observers in line with international transparency standards as a basic measure of justice.”
Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry in Australia, said Yang’s case would be governed by Chinese law.
“China’s judiciary handles the case in accordance with the law and fully protects the legal rights and interests of the relevant staff,” Zhao told Al Jazeera when asked about the case. “I do not currently have any information to offer you for the special situation you mentioned.”
Frayed diplomatic relations
Australia has close trade ties with China, but Australia has called for underground research into the origins of COVID-1 in Wuhan.
Concerns have also been raised about human rights abuses among Uyghurs, including the arrest of family members of Uyghurs, an ethnic Australian citizen.
China has recently accused Uighur Australians of “terrorism” and at a press conference last month in Canberra, Chinese Ambassador Cheng Jingye called the allegations of human rights abuses “fake news.
Nor is it being held in China in Australia alone. Cheng Lei, A high-profile business anchor for the state television channel CGTN, disappeared in August last year. The following month, he was charged with endangering national security.
This imprisonment has attracted the attention of human rights organizations worldwide.
Joshua Rosenweig, head of Amnesty International’s Chinese team, said this week: This is an insult to his right to freedom of expression. “
Rosenweig said: “Yang’s case is still proven to be part of a regular repository of Chinese authorities targeting critics of the government and human rights activists.
“Unless China provides concrete, credible and credible evidence that this concrete has committed an internationally recognized crime, it should be released immediately, dismissing all allegations.”
However, his friends and colleagues have little hope. Fen believes the issue will not be resolved, with authorities holding him indefinitely.
“The party’s current environment and determination to punish Young means they will punish him severely,” he told Al Jazeera.
“This is a complete violation of human rights. I must appeal to the international community and the Australian government to protect the country and the fundamental human rights. ”
“Yang is my close friend. It is my responsibility to rescue her and bring her back to Australia. ”