Daily Archives: 27/03/2017

China/Australia: Scholar Banned From Leaving China Studied Crackdown on Rights Lawyers: Colleague

March 27, 2017

Feng Chongyi in an undated photo.

Authorities in the southern city of Guangzhou have prevented a top Chinese academic currently based at an Australian university from returning home, citing “national security” concerns.

University of Technology Sydney associate professor Feng Chongyi was stopped from boarding his flight from China to Australia on Friday and Saturday, the Associated Press quoted Feng’s lawyer, Chen Jinxue, as saying.

Feng, a permanent resident of Australia, had been on a three-week research trip examining a recent crackdown on human rights by President Xi Jinping.

Chen said the travel ban on Feng, who remains a Chinese national, could be linked to his investigation of a nationwide police operation targeting human rights lawyers, law firms and activists that began in July 2015.

He said Feng is still being questioned by state security police at his hotel in Guangzhou.

“The relevant departments are still talking with him, arranging to have further ‘chats’ with him,” Chen told RFA on Monday. “This started yesterday and went on for two or three hours, and this morning they talked again for more than two hours.”

He said police had declined to give a specific instance of Feng’s having “endangered state security,” adding that Feng hasn’t been formally detained or arrested so far.

Earlier, Chen told AP that police had asked Feng to provide a list of people he met with during his trip, and details of the information they gave him.

But speaking to RFA, he said Feng was “not authorized to discuss” the interviews with anyone else.

He said it was still unclear if or when Feng would be allowed to leave China.

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/ban-03272017103158.html

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2082532/trapped-australia-based-academic-fears-long-forced-stay

https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/03/28/australia-based-academic-prevented-leaving-china-suspicion-endangering-national-security/

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/03/27/2003667547

http://www.aeud.org/2017/03/call-on-china-to-ensure-the-right-to-a-fair-trial/#.WNk_Fzb3IHY.facebook

Bob Carr has released a statement on Feng Chongyi, says he is “making representations in Beijing and Canberra” about his case

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Cameroon: Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and the Anti-Torture Initiative Call for the Immediate Release of Nkongho Felix Agbor-Balla and for the charges against him to be dropped in their entirety.

March 27, 2017

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and the Anti-Torture Initiative at the Washington College of Law’s Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law, call for the immediate release of human rights defender Nkongho Felix Agbor-Balla, who has been held in military detention since January 17, 2017. He was arrested alongside Dr. Fontem Aforteka’a Neba, a university lecturer, in Buea, the capital of the Southwest Region of Cameroon, for organizing peaceful protests calling for the rights of the Anglophone minority to be respected. Mr. Nkongho is charged with 8 counts, including treason, terrorism, incitement of civil unrest and breach of the constitution and set to be tried by a military tribunal. If convicted of these charges, he could face death penalty. On March 23, Mr. Nkongho’s trial was adjourned in a closed hearing to April 27, 2017, at which point his application for bail will be heard.

Mr. Nkongho is a barrister in Cameroon, where he leads the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium (CACSC), the FAKO Lawyer’s Association, and the Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa (CHRD). He previously worked for the United Nations as a Human Rights Officer. His arrest is linked to his high profile work on behalf of the English-Speaking Minority and took place shortly the Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralization, Rene Emmanuel Sadi, declared CACSC an illegal organization.

http://rfkhumanrights.org/news/news/robert-f-kennedy-human-rights-and-anti-torture-initiative-call-immediate-release-nkongho-felix-agbor-balla-and-charges-against-him-be-dropped-its-entirety/

Turkey: Lawyer Deniz Aktas, member of Turkey Communist Part (TKP), was taken into custody bc of alleged Gulen-links

March 27, 2017

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https://www.evrensel.net/haber/313460/gozaltina-alinan-avukat-aktas-icin-tkpden-aciklama

China: Updates on 709 crackdown

March 27, 2017

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(China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group / 中國維權律師關注組 Facebook)

http://www.aeud.org/2017/03/call-on-china-to-ensure-the-right-to-a-fair-trial/#.WNk_Fzb3IHY.facebook

The Philippines: Murder in paradise

March 27, 2017

The Manila Times Online

TWENTY-EIGHT shots were fired, eight hit their target and killed 49-year-old lawyer Manuelita “Mia” Mascariñas-Green the day after Valentine’s Day. Five bullets hit the lawyer’s neck and three her head. Green was driving home with her three young children and their yaya when they were attacked in broad daylight in Tagbilaran City, the capital of the province of Bohol. The killers got away by driving their motorcycles into a vehicle that was waiting near the crime scene.

Principal suspects Lloyd Lancer Gonzaga and Romarico Benigi-an, not hiding their faces, were identified by several witnesses. Gonzaga is the son-in-law of 52-year-old widow Conrada Otero-Blomqvist who had hired Green to handle her cases against Gonzaga. Blomqvist, her daughter and Gonzaga lived in Sweden until Blomqvist bought a 38-room resort in Brgy. Tawala, Panglao from Jovelyn Acebedo-Forsberg, her niece. Together, mother, daughter and son-in-law, were going to run the resort. In June 2015, using 20 armed men reportedly from Davao City, Gonzaga—who hails from Tagum City—took control of the resort and the Forsberg family was driven away (Bohol Chronicle).

In July 2016, Gonzaga evicted Blomqvist who then hired Green. According to Blomqvist, her niece had executed a power of attorney for the deed of sale in her favor but Gonzaga was now claiming Alona Embrace Hotel for himself. Blomqvist told Swedish news publication Expressen that she chose Green because the latter had a reputation for being loyal and for taking good care of her clients. They were like sisters, according to Blomqvist. Gonzaga and Blomqvist retained a Davao City-based lawyer when they were still on good terms. Mr. Forsberg, it turns out, still has legal rights over the resort and retains a lawyer.

http://www.manilatimes.net/murder-in-paradise/319356/

China/Australia: Police stopping UTS academic from leaving China furious at foreign media reports

March 27, 2017

UTS academic Professor Feng Chongyi at the Guangzhou Airport on Saturday afternoon with his lawyers Chen Jingxue (at ...

Sydney academic Feng Chongyi posed for a photo at Guangzhou airport on Saturday afternoon, believing he was free to leave China after three days of police questioning.

The photo shows a beaming Professor Feng, from the Chinese studies department at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), flanked by his two lawyers, who wore more cautious expressions.

“He had spoken with the police and was under the impression it was OK to leave China,” says one of his lawyers, Chen Jingxue.

But it was not to be.

Less than an hour after that photo was taken Professor Feng was leaving the airport with his lawyers and heading back into the legal limbo he now finds himself.

On Saturday evening he was stopped from leaving the country by immigration officials for a second time and told only “people will be in contact with you”.

Professor Feng is now living out his own “hotel California” odyssey in China, as he is allowed to move freely around the southern city of Guangzhou, but can’t leave the country.

“The most frightening thing is that there are no clear rules to follow,” said his other lawyer Liu Hao.

His lawyers said Professor Feng met with the State Security Police again on Monday morning and they indicated there was little prospect of him leaving the country in the coming days.

http://www.afr.com/news/police-stopping-uts-academic-from-leaving-china-furious-at-foreign-media-reports-20170327-gv7fph

http://www.afr.com/news/world/asia/uts-academic-with-a-taste-for-democracy-falls-foul-of-authorities-in-china-20170327-gv79kp

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/mar/27/chongyi-feng-australian-academic-banned-from-leaving-china-told-not-to-talk

http://time.com/4713523/australia-china-chongyi-feng/

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/03/27/pm-courts-china-extradition-deal-support

http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2017/03/26/the-anti-death-penalty-turnbull-government-wants-to-send-crimina_a_22012205/

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/03/27/asia-pacific/crime-legal-asia-pacific/china-prevents-academic-returning-home-australia/#.WNi72fnyjIU

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2017/03/27/china-bars-professor-returning-australia

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2017/03/27/03/32/sydney-academic-stuck-in-china

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/uts-academic-stranded-in-china/news-story/c11fcb099cad742c23fd48661c19f05e?nk=6cccc47fd3d3cc1e185c148a8064a2da-1490600861

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/australia-intervenes-after-sydney-professor-prevented-leaving-china-twice-1613838

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/03/27/sydney-chinese-academic-limbo-china

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-27/uts-professor-chonyi-feng-unlikely-to-leave-china-in-short-term/8391518

http://www.thestandard.com.hk/breaking-news.php?id=86704

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/foreign-affairs/uts-man-chongyi-feng-told-cooperate-or-else/news-story/97885fb1cfd6b88b31f62205dadd8d1e

http://aunews24.com/88698/UTS-professor-Chongyi-Feng-detained-in-China

http://www.dw.com/en/concerns-for-sydney-based-academic-detained-in-china/a-38142604

https://noticias.terra.cl/mundo/china-impide-salida-de-academico-a-australia,3fc12d4ca55a32c9e93f559be497d825n3exmknv.html (ESPANOL)

http://news.ltn.com.tw/news/world/paper/1089271 (CHINESE)

http://cn.rfi.fr/%E4%B8%AD%E5%9B%BD/20170326-%E5%86%AF%E5%B4%87%E4%B9%89%E6%A1%88%E5%BC%95%E5%8F%91%E4%B8%AD%E6%BE%B3%E5%BE%AE%E5%A6%99%E9%A3%8E%E6%B3%A2-%E5%A0%AA%E5%9F%B9%E6%8B%89%E5%8F%AF%E8%83%BD%E6%97%A0%E6%B3%95%E5%B9%B2%E9%A2%84?utm_source=HRIC+Updates&utm_campaign=7ada9b3441-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_03_27&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b537d30fde-7ada9b3441-259223637 (CHINESE)

http://cn.nytimes.com/china/20170327/australia-professor-feng-chongyi-china/zh-hant/ (CHINESE)

http://diepresse.com/home/ausland/aussenpolitik/5190543/China-laesst-Professor-nicht-nach-Australien-ausreisen (DEUTSCH)

China/Australia: UTS professor Feng Chongyi told he is suspected of threatening state security

March 26, 2017

UTS professor Feng Chongyi has been detained in China.

Fears are growing for the welfare of a leading Sydney academic who has been blocked from taking a flight out of China for two days running.

Feng Chongyi, an associate professor of China studies at the University of Technology, Sydney, was prevented from boarding a plane at Guangzhou airport on Friday morning and again on Saturday night.

Two Chinese lawyers who are in contact with Dr Feng say he was advised verbally by security police that he was under suspicion of threatening state security.

He had not been shown any documentation before being stopped from leaving China, they said.

The lawyers said Dr Feng was at a Guangzhou hotel and had been told he was free to travel within China.

Dr Feng had been meeting Chinese human rights lawyers for his research before being “caught” in Guangzhou by the police.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/prominent-uts-professor-chongyi-feng-prevented-from-leaving-china-20170325-gv6jxy.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-39401666

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4351888/UTS-professor-Chongyi-Feng-detained-China.html

http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/incidents/uts-academic-stranded-in-china/news-story/19c352bcfca5352b53ed3cd86292b7a5

http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2017/03/australian-academic-chongyi-feng-prevented-leaving-china/

http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/ticker/australian-academic-is-barred-from-leaving-china-lawyer-says/117433

http://www.voanews.com/a/china-prevents-academic-from-returning-home-to-australia/3783097.html

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/uts-academic-stranded-in-china/news-story/c11fcb099cad742c23fd48661c19f05e

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/uts-academic-warned-of-consequences-in-china/news-story/7aa648e0a322499df35e007d6bab61d1?nk=6cccc47fd3d3cc1e185c148a8064a2da-1490590959

http://www.bbc.com/vietnamese/world-39402416 (VIETNAMESE)