China: Silent protest marks “709 Day” for rights lawyers

July 9, 2017

A silent protest was held for 7 minutes and 9 seconds to mark the July 9, 2014 crackdown on rights activists in the mainland. Photo: RTHK

The China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group has held a silent protest against the arrest of human rights lawyers and activists in the mainland.

They stood in silence outside the Court of Final Appeal for seven minutes and nine seconds to commemorate those arrested in the “709 Crackdown” two years ago.

Emily Lau, a board member of the group, said she understands that many of those arrested have been abused.

“These people have committed no crimes, they are just helping the downtrodden to seek justice,” Lau said.

“We hope the Chinese government would release them and allow them to practice,” she said. “Some of them, even though they’re released, they have got their practice license taken away.”

Lau described the plight of the human rights lawyers in the mainland as “complete lawlessness.”

Human rights organsations in other countries also marked Sunday as China Human Rights Lawyers’ Day. (CHINESE) (CHINESE) (CHINESE) (CHINESE) (CHINESE) (CHINESE) (CHINESE) (CHINESE) (CHINESE)

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A powerful poster for detained Chinese human rights lawyers, designed by a Chinese student in Australia. July 9 is the 2nd anniversary of Beijing’s sweeping crackdown of hundreds of lawyers in 2015.

Two years ago, China arrested these human rights lawyers with ridiculous reasons. I designed this poster via modifying the film still of Korean movie “The Attorney”. Two years later, I hope more people can remember their names and stand up for them. I also believe history will help us to “draw” their image.




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