China detains activist amid rights crackdown
BEIJING (REUTERS) - China has detained a prominent rights activist for more than two months without formally charging him, his lawyer said on Friday, the latest case in a crackdown on freedom of assembly.
The length of Guo Feixiong's detention exceeds the 37-day limit allowed for holding an individual without a formal arrest and charge under Chinese law.
Guo, a long-time advocate for democracy and human rights based in the southern city of Guangzhou, has also been denied access to legal counsel and any contact with his family members, said Mr Lin Qilei, one of Guo's lawyers.
Guo was detained for disrupting order in a public space on August 8, Mr Lin said. But he said authorities had provided no details of any event or crime linked to his client on that day.