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Ten Chinese Lawyers Urge a New Investigation into Li Wangyang’s Death

July 23, 2012

Following the release of an investigation report by Hunan provincial authorities which confirmed activist Li Wangyang’s (李旺阳) death as suicide, ten lawyers from mainland China and Hong Kong sent an open letter to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (Chinese only). The lawyers stated in the letter that there were five major questions concerning the death scene inspection and autopsy and held that the police’s handling of Li’s death seriously violated the law. The lawyers urge that the Standing Committee lift the unlawful house arrest of Li’s family, friends, and supporters, and instruct the Ministry of Public Security to set up a joint investigative team to conduct an independent and professional investigation of Li’s death, as well as to make the findings of that investigation public.

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