Daily Archives: 29/04/2016

China: From Respected Judge to State Enemy in China

April 29, 2016

(Illustration by Jens Almroth/Epoch Times; Photo by Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times; background photos by Getty Images)

On Dec. 31, 2011, Zhong Jinhua, a former Chinese judge and successful attorney, suddenly became an enemy of the state.

“If the ban on political parties and limits on the press are not removed within five years … the people and intellectuals won’t stand for it,” he wrote on his Sina Weibo microblog. “I’ll be the first to announce my resignation from the Chinese Communist Party, and organize democratic political parties to overthrow the dictatorship!”

Zhong’s sizable Weibo fanbase shared the comment thousands of times within hours, and he received a flood of praise before the post was purged.

The Party’s mechanisms of control and suppression kicked in immediately: Security agents began calling his cellphone, he was ordered back to Shanghai, and the head of his law firm began thinking up ways to fire him. In the end he managed to keep his job, but the damage had been done: Zhong was now an “anti-Party element.”

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2039095-going-from-respected-judge-to-anti-party-element-in-communist-china/

China: Chinese Rights Lawyer Strikes Back at ABA Over Scuttled Book

April 29, 2016

A feud between a Chinese human rights lawyer and the American Bar Association over a proposed book has gone from bad to worse.

Teng Biao, a prominent Chinese lawyer and rights activist who now lives in the U.S., on Thursday accused the ABA of lying about its handling of the book proposal the organization made to him in 2014.

In a message to an email group dedicated to Chinese legal issues, Mr. Teng wrote that a letter to U.S. lawmakers by ABA leaders this week reminded him of a saying: “To hide a lie, a thousand lies are needed.”

He added that “self censorship is almost everywhere, and some can be justified. But ABA’s can not.”

The ABA’s Chicago headquarters didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2016/04/29/chinese-rights-lawyer-strikes-back-at-aba-over-scuttled-book/

France/Spain/Italy: Les membres fondateurs de l’Observatoire international des avocats en danger se sont réunis à Madrid ce jeudi 21 avril 2016

le 27 avril, 2016

Les membres fondateurs de l’Observatoire international des avocats en danger se sont réunis à Madrid ce jeudi 21 avril 2016

A l’invitation de Victoria Ortega Benito, présidente du Consejo General de la Abogacía d’Espagne depuis le 28 janvier 2016, le Conseil national des barreaux, représenté par Richard Sédillot, vice-président de la Commission des affaires européennes et internationales, le Barreau de Paris, représenté par Dominique Attias, vice-bâtonnière, et le Consiglio Nazionale Forense, représenté par Fransesco Caia, conseiller et coordinateur de la Commission droits de l’homme, se sont réunis à Madrid le 21 avril 2016 pour signer les Statuts de l’Observatoire international des avocats en danger.

Dans un contexte international particulièrement difficile pour la Défense, marqué par l’arrestation et la mise en détention de nombreux avocats, notamment turcs et chinois, la signature des Statuts de l’Observatoire international des avocats en danger constitue un nouvel acte fort de l’engagement des barreaux en faveur de la défense des avocats partout dans le monde.

http://cnb.avocat.fr/Les-membres-fondateurs-de-l-Observatoire-international-des-avocats-en-danger-se-sont-reunis-a-Madrid-ce-jeudi-21-avril_a2608.html

http://www.abogacia.es/2016/04/11/las-cuatro-asociaciones-judiciales-y-la-abogacia-se-unen-para-consensuar-propuestas-de-mejora-de-la-justicia-en-espana/ (SPANISH)

http://www.consiglionazionaleforense.it/site/home/area-stampa/comunicati-stampa/tutti-i-comunicati-stampa/articolo9579.html (ITALIAN)