April 4, 2016
A congressional committee asked President Barack Obama to confront Chinese President Xi Jinping on the worsening human rights situation, including imprisonment of Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo, during his US visit last week.
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), and US Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ), who co-chair the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), wrote a letter to President Obama urging him to take note of “severe erosion” of human rights in China and to speak with Premier Xi about these violations. Premier Xi was in the country to attend theNuclear Security Summit held from March 31 to April 1.
The bipartisan committee expressed concern regarding the violation of human rights in China, including the imprisonment of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo on subversion charges, persecution of religious leaders and lawyers who protested the removal of crosses, and alleged coerced prisoner confessions.
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(L’avocat chinois Teng Biao de passage à RFI ©RFI/Stéphane Lagarde)
Figure du mouvement de défense des droits civiques en Chine, l’avocat Teng Biao était de passage à Paris en ce mois de mars pour défendre l’état de droit dans son pays. Un sujet qu’il évoque régulièrement non plus depuis les prétoires, mais dans le cadre de ses cours à l’institut de droit Asie Etats-Unis à l’Université de New York. Interdit de barreaux, interdit d’enseignement à Pékin, arrêté à trois reprises et torturé, Teng Biao vient de recevoir les honneurs de l’ordre des avocats français. Il s’entretient avec Judith Geng et Stéphane Lagarde.
April 4, 2016
L4L and Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) are concerned about the beating, arrest, criminal investigation and prosecution of lawyers Tigor Gempita Hutapea and Obed Sakti Andre Dominika. These events happened following their monitoring of Police violence committed during a peaceful protest rally to demand a change in the minimum wage formula before the Presidential Palace on 30 October 2015.
Tigor Gempita Hutapea and Obed Sakti Andre Dominika are independent public interest lawyers at the Legal Aid Institute (LBH) in Jakarta. They have represented numerous people in a great variety of public interest cases.
The lawyers were arrested along with 23 labor union members and one student activist for the alleged misdemeanor of disobeying officers. However, we were informed that just like the other arrested, Tigor Gempita Hutapea and Obed Sakti Andre Dominika, had actually begun to voluntary disperse when the Police came and beat and arrested them. In addition, we understand from various independent sources that the Police failed to follow proper procedures when arresting the 26 people.