Jiang Tianyong, a human rights lawyer, is serving a two year prison sentence for ‘inciting subversion of state power’. He was convicted on 21 November 2017, in a sham trial in which he was represented by government appointed lawyers. He has been force-fed unknown medications twice a day and had his hands and feet cuffed to an iron chair. Reported side effects of the medications include blurred vision, headaches and the sensations of bugs crawling on his skin. Jiang Tianyong is among nearly 250 lawyers and activists who have been persecuted in a government crackdown that began in July 2015.