Leading jurists from around the world are calling on China to stop the torture of its human rights lawyers, many of whom are Christians.

Lawyers who have been tortured include Li Chunfu who has just been released on bail. The Christian is showing signs of trauma and severe mental breakdown after his ordeal, which is said to have included torture by electric shock batons.

Legal experts from many nations signed a letter to the world’s press calling on China to release its lawyers.

Release International’s chief executive, Paul Robinson, is urging China to stop the torture. He says: “These lawyers, including Christians, are standing up for justice in their country using the laws of their land.

“We urge China: trust your Christian citizens, grant them their legal rights and permit your countrymen to live in full religious freedom.”

By Andrew Boyd for Release International

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