Chinese-Australian writer Yang Hengjun has been detained by the Chinese authorities since January 2019.

Yang, a prominent writer and blogger, has amassed a large following for his novels and his often outspoken commentary on Chinese public affairs. 

The government has accused him of espionage.

For over a year the authorities have denied him access to lawyers, and to his family. Since December 2019, no one has seen or heard from Yang.

There are grave concerns that he is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

Yang, who was previously in good health, is now suffering from hypertension, kidney problems, tinnitus and memory loss. 

Demand the Chinese authorities release Yang Hengjun immediately and unconditionally.