On 1 August 2023, The Rights Practice joined 84 other organisations to urge Laos authorities to immediately release and prevent the forced repatriation of well-known Chinese human rights lawyer Lu Siwei.

Laos authorities have reportedly arrested and detained Lu Siwei since 28 July 2023. We are gravely concerned that he is at serious risk of forced repatriation to China where he faces the high likelihood of torture and other ill-treatment. UN rights experts have found that the Chinese government frequently subjects rights defenders and lawyers to torture and inhuman treatment.

Read the full statement here