Chinese rights lawyer Xie Yanyi released on bail more than a year after crackdown

Politics

A prominent human rights lawyer was released on bail yesterday after a year and half in detention in a crackdown on activist lawyers. "Xie Yanyi was among hundreds of people detained in the so-called '709' crackdown, referring to the date in July 2015 when the arrests began," Mimi Lau writes. He was charged with subverting state power in January 2016 in Tianjin, a port city near Beijing. The terms of his release and bail are not clear.