Daily Archives: 10/07/2016

China: Press Releases: Anniversary of Crackdown on Lawyers and Rights Defenders in China

July 9, 2016


John Kirby
Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs

Washington, DC

July 9, 2016

The Department of State remains deeply concerned about the continued detention in China of at least 23 defense lawyers and rights defenders and denial of access to independent legal counsel. These actions violate China’s international commitments.

A year ago, the Chinese government launched a nationwide campaign of intimidation against defense lawyers and rights defenders. More than 300 people have been interrogated, detained, arrested, placed under residential surveillance, or forbidden from leaving the country. This campaign undermines China’s development of a judicial system that respects the rule of law.

Jailing those who seek to defend the legal rights of others harms China’s international image and its ability to build a rule of law society, which is a critical component to fostering innovation and creating sustainable prosperity in the 21st century. To this end, we urge Chinese authorities to immediately release the lawyers and rights defenders still in detention, drop the charges against them, and allow them to move freely and reunite with their families who they have not seen in a year.


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China: China Human Rights Lawyer of Zhao Wei Is Arrested for ‘Picking Quarrels’ Following Her Release

July 9, 2016

Ren Quanniu in an undated photograph outside an official building. (Weibo.com)

The Chinese lawyer who defended Zhao Wei, a young legal assistant who was recently released on bail after a year in custody, was arrested on July 8 by Chinese police on charges of “picking quarrels,” for a series of posts he made to social media.

Ren Quanniu became Zhao Wei’s lawyer after she was arrested this time last year in a massive crackdown involving around 300 human rights lawyers and activists. Her case became a focus of international attention, appearing as a young idealist mercilessly suppressed by a powerful police state.

Soon after being released from custody on a kind of bail recently, Zhao Wei’s social media accounts sprung to life with dubious posts that seemed to indicate that she was not the one sending them.

Five posts in a row following her release, Zhao expressed her joy at being free again, her gratitude to the police, and her “shock and anger” at her own lawyer, Ren Quanniu, “vilifying” her. A long letter was also posted blaming her former employer, the respected rights lawyer Li Heping, with manipulating her.