Daily Archives: 09/01/2017

Day of the Endangered Lawyer/China: Seminar ‘Dag van de Bedreigde Advocaat’ (Den Haag)


Stichting de Dag van de bedreigde advocaat en Lawyers for Lawyers (L4L) nodigen u van harte uit voor het seminar dat in het kader van de Dag van de bedreigde advocaat wordt georganiseerd in Den Haag. Tijdens dit seminar zal Kit Chan, directeur van de China Human Rights Concern Group, spreken over de huidige situatie van advocaten in China.

Het bijwonen van deze lezing levert 1 lezingspunt op.

Inloop vanaf 16.00 uur en aansluitend borrel.

Het seminar wordt georganiseerd in samenwerking met de Haagse Orde en de Jonge Balie Den Haag.

Aanwezig zijn bij het seminar? Schrijf u nu in via de groene registreer knop bovenaan deze pagina!





http://newsletter.rakba.de/2016/12/internationaler-tag-des-bedrohten-und-verfolgten-anwalts-am-24-01-2017/ (NURNBERG)

http://www.advocatus.pt/actual/13770-dia-do-advogado-em-perigo-alerta-para-situa%C3%A7%C3%A3o-na-china.html (PORTUGAL)

China: Incommunicado detention of human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong

January 9, 2017

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Enforced disappearance /

Arbitrary and incommunicado detention /

Judicial harassment


January 9, 2017

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and FIDH, requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in China.

Description of the situation:

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the incommunicado detention of human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong, a leader of the China Human Rights Lawyers Group[1] and an outspoken supporter of detained rights lawyers from the “709 Crackdown”[2].

According to the information received, since he was taken into custody by public security officers on November 21, 2016, Chinese authorities have failed to disclose Mr. Jiang Tianyong’s whereabouts and have prevented his lawyers from having access to him. Most recently, on December 29, 2016, Changsha Public Security Bureau rejected the request of his defence lawyer to meet him.

On November 21, 2016, Mr. Jiang Tianyong went missing as he was meant to board a train to Beijing from Changsha in Hunan Province, where he had met the wife and lawyers of Mr. Xie Yang, a “709 Crackdown” human rights lawyer currently detained at Changsha City Detention Centre[3]. Mr. Jiang’s family members and lawyers immediately reported his disappearance to the authorities. However, the police refused to file a missing person case.

On December 16, 2016, Chinese authorities finally confirmed through media reports that Mr. Jiang Tianyong had been taken into custody by public security officers, and given a nine-day administrative detention for “fraudulent use of another person’s ID”. They also specified that on December 1, 2016, he was placed under “compulsory criminal measures” for “illegally possessing documents classified as State secrets” (under Article 282 of Criminal Law) and “illegally disseminating State secrets to overseas [sources]” (Article 111) and other unnamed “crimes”. If convicted under Article 111, Mr. Jiang faces life imprisonment.

On December 23, 2016, Mr. Jiang’s family members received a notification from the Changsha City Public Security Bureau, informing that he had been put under residential surveillance at an unknown “place designated by the police”, a form of extrajudicial secret detention, on suspicion of “inciting subversion of State power” (Article 105 (2)). Under such circumstances, in the absence of access to his lawyers, the Observatory fears that Mr. Jiang might be subjected to torture to force him to confess while being interrogated.





The Philippines: Guard faces murder raps for shooting lawyers

January 9, 2017


FORMER security guard Jonathan Sanchez is facing murder charges in court for shooting to death lawyer Goering George “Jing” Paderanga Sr. and his son, Gerik Ceasare, last December 22. Prosecutor Ma. Johanna Desamparado-Calustre found evidence to charge Sanchez with murder before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Cebu City. The case was raffled to the sala of Judge Marivic Trabajo-Daray of the RTC Branch 17 last January 5. “The accused, armed with a 9mm pistol, with deliberate intent to kill with treachery, unexpectedly attack and use personal violence” on the victims, the charge sheet read. Murder is a non-bailable offense. Sanchez’s arraignment is scheduled on January 16. Gerik, 37, also a lawyer, succumbed to a gunshot wound in the nape three days after Sanchez shot him and his father, Goering Sr., 62, outside of their law office on F. Ramos Street. Goering Sr., who died on the spot after getting shot thrice, was the husband of Judge Sylva Paderanga of the Regional Trial Court Branch 16. Police arrested Sanchez in his parents’ house in Barangay Talamban, Cebu City, last December 23. Sanchez, who did not resist when police arrived, admitted shooting the Paderangas because he was angry at them for blocking a cement mixer from entering the construction site he used to guard.