Daily Archives: 23/11/2015

China: Dispatches: No Justice for Chinese Rights Lawyer

November 22, 2015

Chinese human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang talks to media in Beijing in this July 20, 2012 picture.

(Chinese human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang talks to media in Beijing in this July 20, 2012 picture.© 2012 Reuters)

“Justice delayed is justice denied,” the saying goes.  But this week’s decision by a Beijing court to extend the pre-trial detention of prominent human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiangshows that while there’s plenty of delay on offer in China’s legal system, there’s precious little justice.

Pu has had a distinguished career representing many individuals and causes that irk Beijing, ranging from representing outspoken artist Ai Weiwei to pushing for the Chinese government to end arbitrary detention without trial.  That latter focus seems especially ironic, given he has been held for 18 months on utterly baseless charges.

https://www.hrw.org/news/2015/11/22/dispatches-no-justice-chinese-rights-lawyer

China: IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CONVENTION AGAINST TORTURE AND OTHER CRUEL, INHUMAN OR DEGRADING TREATMENT OR PUNISHMENT IN THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA AN NGO SUBMISSION TO THE 56TH SESSION OF THE UN COMMITTEE AGAINST TORTURE BY THE CHINA HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYERS CONCERN GROUP

(FIN) CHRLCG submission on CAT 2015

China: Statement by the China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group In response to the Review of China’s 6th Periodic Report on the implementation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment by the 56th Session of the UN Committee Against Torture

20151122 CHRLCG statement on CAT (ENG)

China: China accuses EU of ‘prejudice’ for rights censure

November 20, 2015

China accused the European Union of prejudice and ignoring the facts on Friday after the EU’s special representative for human rights expressed concern about the rights situation in the country.

Stavros Lambrinidis said he was worried by China’s arrest and harassment of lawyers and activists and new security laws that could be used to curtail freedom of expression, according to statement issued after his trip.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said the statement “ignored the facts”.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/20/us-china-europe-rights-idUSKCN0T913D20151120

China: Trial of Falun Gong in Northern China Tests Regime

November 20, 2015

In December 1999 practitioners of the spiritual discipline Falun Gong were for the first time paraded into a Chinese court for a show trial, a bit of theater meant to formalize the state persecution that had begun that July. The four practitioners were denied lawyers, their cases were dealt with summarily, and the sentences were heavy: 18, 16, 12, and 7 years of imprisonment.

Now, after 16 years of grinding suppression, another mass trial is being conducted, this time in Hebei, the province surrounding Beijing. On the surface it would seem that little has changed—yet in the intervening years, layers of complexity have accumulated for the authorities: The case touches on Communist Party intrigue, dozens of rights lawyers have become involved, and central judicial authorities have dispatched observers to monitor the progress of the trial.

Han, Gao, and others on the case were there despite attempts by authorities to intimidate them. A number of the lawyers did drop the case, succumbing to pressure from Cangzhou officials and the heads of several law firms, according to Minghui, a Falun Gong website.

The lawyers took on the case in a climate of increasing violence against members of their profession. Amnesty International, a human rights NGO, published a report on Nov. 12 detailing the torture taken against lawyers recently taken captive in China.

Those who defend Falun Gong, a highly politically sensitive topic, have historically been at particular risk. The campaign against the practice is among the most severe political persecutions in China, with tens of thousands, or more, suspected of having been killed through detention, torture, and the harvesting of practitioners’ organs for profit, according to researchers.

Gao Zhisheng, one of the first Chinese rights lawyers to defend Falun Gong, was badly tortured and abused for years, and remains under house arrest. Others, such as Wang Yu and Zhang Kai, are currently in detention.

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1903012-trial-of-falun-gong-in-northern-china-tests-regime/

India: ‘Lawyers not being allowed to meet jailed Sikh leaders’

November 22, 2015

(Sikh leader Dhian Singh Mand (in middle) is one the leaders arrested by the Punjab Police.)

Punjab lawyers on Saturday criticised the Punjab government for not allowing the advocates to meet Sikh leaders, who have been booked on sedition charges and are currently lodged in various jails in complete violation of their fundamental human rights.

Addressing a press conference here, a group of lawyers, led by Amar Singh Chahal and Harpal Singh Cheema, said the advocates defending people against state repression, wrongful killings and false implications in criminal cases are not being allowed by the Punjab government to meet the accused in jails.

“It is unheard of that a person who has been arrested in a criminal case is not being allowed to meet his lawyer in the jail to prepare his defence,” said lawyers.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/punjab/lawyers-not-being-allowed-to-meet-jailed-sikh-leaders/story-MzYx7PU5Ua5TbuSRf4s4pN.html