China News: 10-Year-Old Child Tried In China. Reason: Leaked “National Secret” -By ASC

Cheng Lei’s case is not the only one because China has a long-standing history of detention.


Citing allegations of leaking ‘state secrets’, China has detained people as young as 10, conducted trials in private and violated the basic principles of a fair trial.

It is worrying that the term ‘state secret’ used by China is broad and very vague. Chinese law provides no definition of the term.

In one of the incidents, 10 -year -old Cheng Lei, who was born in China and immigrated to Australia was detained by Chinese authorities for allegedly revealing state secrets. The Australian Embassy in August 2020 announced that they had been informed by Chinese authorities that Cheng Lei was suspected of illegally disclosing state secrets outside China and had been arrested.

However, no details were given to the Embassy of the trial as it took place in private. His lawyer and his family have been barred from speaking about the trial. Family visits are prohibited and Cheng Lei has limited contact by letter only.

Her elderly parents and children live in Australia and are very worried. The Australian Ambassador was barred from attending the trial. In its defense, Chinese authorities said that the decision would be announced later but no details were given yet, The Hong Kong Post reported.

Graham Fletcher, the Australian Ambassador while speaking to the media said, “This is very worrying, unsatisfactory and regrettable. We cannot be confident in the legitimacy of the process being conducted in secret. Our consular agreement says that we should be able to attend the trial.”

Cheng Lei’s case is not the only one because China has a long history of detention and conducts trials in private. Chinese criminal law has been used to crack down on foreign human rights activists and media as well as citizen journalists who reported on the Covid-19 outbreak and human rights violations during Hong Kong and Uyghur Muslim protests, as reported by the media.

Another defamatory form of detention used by China is Residential Surveillance in Designated Locations (RSDL). This form of detention is widely criticized for being considered antiquated and a violation of human rights. There were allegations of extreme physical and mental torture, including psychological torture suffered by detainees under the RSDL.


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