URGENT: Yang is on trial behind closed doors. He faces a minimum of 3 years in prison. Now, more than ever, we must pressure the Chinese authorities to release Yang - and to allow independent observers to attend his trial. Take action today.

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 denied him access to lawyers and to his family. For months following his detention, no one saw or heard from Yang. 

Following public pressure, he was finally allowed to meet with Australian consular staff and his lawyer.

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.