November 29, 2016
The renowned human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong could not be contacted after he told his wife Jin Bianling, at around 22h on 21 November, 2016, that he had bought the D940 train ticket to return to Beijing West Station from Changsha South Station. By the night of 27 November, Jiang has disappeared for more than 6 days.
It is reported that Jiang went to Changsha to visit Professor Chen Guiqiu, wife of lawyer Xie Yang who has been arrested and detained. During that time, he also went to the Changsha Detention Centre with Chen and the two defence lawyers of Xie’s to follow up on the issues of Xie’s right to meet with his lawyers.
Lawyer Jiang has been a veteran defender of human rights on the front line since he practised law. He has handled and taken part in various famous human rights defense cases and actions, and as a result he got his license unlawfully revoked by the authorities. In view of his past experiences being enforced disappeared which led to his hearing impairment in the left ear and the torture that broke 8 of his ribs, we are deeply worried and are rendering the case our paramount concern. We urge that.
1. We urge respective public security bureau to immediately launch an investigation into the case of Jiang’s disappearance.
On 23 November, the representative of Jiang’s family went to the lawyer’s native town to report his disappearance to the Tongbai Road police station under the Zhengzhou public security bureau. But but the police officers refused to take up the case claiming that it was not under their jurisdiction. Since Jiang had travelled between Hunan and Beijing and by taking trains, the case should have involved 2 geographical locations and 3 administrations. We hence urge all relevant authorities to inquire into the case of Jiang’s missing.
2. If relevant authorities have taken mandatory measures against lawyer Jiang, we demand that the case-handling organ should immediately notify his family in writing as the law provides, and ensure his basic right of access to defence lawyers.
Considering the fact that Jiang went to Changsha to visit lawyer Xie Yang’s family and Xie is a defendant in 709 crackdown, we strongly suspected that Jiang’s disappearance is a result of the administrative detention or the mandatory criminal measures imposed by on him by the authorities. But even if this is the case, we still urge that lawyer Jiang’s family should be immediately notified so as to avoid unnecessary anxieties of the part of the family and the society.
3. We will definitely not accept it at all if lawyer Jiang is put under administrative detention or criminal measures simply because he went to visit the family members of his fellow counterpart or that he had accompanied them to enquire on the matter of right to meet defense counsel, and we will demand for his immediate release.
27th November, 2016
Co-signed by 56 lawyers and 4 709 families
Jin Bianling, wife of Jiang Tianyong
Chen Guiqiu, 709 family
Li Wenzu, 709 family
Wang Qiaoling, 709 family
Yuan shan shan, 709 family
(Source: China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group / 中國維權律師關注組 (Facebook))