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Detained Chinese lawyer wins Ludovic Trarieux rights prize

Chinese lawyer Wang Yu, pictured on March 20, 2014, was awarded the Ludovic Trarieux Prize for her work defending human rightsChinese lawyer Wang Yu, facing a possible life sentence in China, was on Saturday awarded the prestigious Ludovic Trarieux Prize for her work defending human rights, organisers announced in Athens on Saturday. China accuses Wang and others of using a Beijing law firm as a front to organise criminal activity. In February, UN rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein called for the immediate release of rights lawyers and activists detained in the country, warning that China appeared to be locking up government critics regardless of whether they had committed a crime.

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