prominent Chinese rights activists accused of subverting the state are on trial

Xu Zhiyong and Ding Jiaxi are being held in closed-door trials for state subversion . Xu Zhiyong served four years in prison for attempting to undermine public order in China outside the one-party political framework .

Beijing, June 24: According to media reports, China is hosting two prominent civil rights activists, Xu Zhiyong and Ding Jiaxi, in closed-door trials this week for state subversion.There has been no news about the trial itself.Xu, 49, is one of China's most well-known activists and human rights campaigners.According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), Xu was forced to disband the Open Constitution Initiative, the now-banned legal aid organization he helped establish, in 2009 after police arrested him and a coworker in a trumped-up case of tax evasion.Following a series of small-scale demonstrations by members of the nongovernmental New Citizens Movement, Xu served four years in prison for attempting to undermine public order in China outside the one-party political framework.

He participated in a number of small marches in Beijing in 2012 and 2013, calling on Chinese officials to reveal their personal wealth.Earlier this month, a Shandong municipal court issued a notice to the defense counsel of human rights defender Ding Jiaxi's lawyer, inviting the counsel to a pre-trial meeting.According to the report, the case of Ding Jiaxi, who is charged with subversion of State control, involves a large amount of legal evidence and is lengthy and complicated.In a world where governments have been bashing any expression of opposition, Xu and Ding have been advocates for civil rights.