China/USA: Statement of New York City Bar Association Marking “709 Crackdown” on Chinese Human Rights Defenders

July 8, 2017

New York City Bar

Sunday, July 9, 2017 marks the first-ever international China Human Rights Lawyers Day and the second anniversary of the beginning of President Xi Jinping’s infamous “709 Crackdown,” a period of intimidation, arrest, adetention, and enforced disappearance of an unprecedented number of Chinese lawyers, lawyers’ family members, support staff, and human rights and legal activists.[1] The Association has closely monitored relevant developments in China, and previously issued a call to release lawyers caught up in the early throes of the “709 Crackdown”.[2] In all, the “709 Crackdown” ensnared more than 320 human rights lawyers and activists throughout China, and continues to this day – a methodical, systematic campaign by the Chinese state to control and silence lawyers and others who advocate for politically-sensitive clients and causes.[3]

In what amounts to nothing less than a “war on law” that is unprecedented in its scale and severity, Chinese human rights lawyers and activists have been summoned for questioning, kidnapped by secret police, detained incommunicado in “black jails” and other prisons, humiliated, and subjected to marathon interrogation sessions and other forms of sadistic psychological and physical torture, including sleep deprivation, forced medication (often with grave consequences for mental and physical health), brutal beatings, electric shocks, prolonged submersion in water, death threats, and months of solitary confinement.[4]

Many of these human rights lawyers and activists have been held for months (even years) without being charged and with no access to defense counsel.

The China Human Rights Lawyers Group: Statement Upon the 2nd Anniversary of the 709 Incident (CHINESE) (CHINESE) (CHINESE) (CHINESE) (CHINESE) (CHINESE) (CHINESE) (CHINESE) (CHINESE) (CHINESE) (CHINESE) (FRANCAIS)

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“709全国律师大抓捕”迄今为止的两年间,维权律师王全璋从未见过家人。 #中国 应立即 #释放维权律师。 #FreeTheLawyers

(国际特赦组织中文 Amnesty International Chinese Facebook)

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


(美国之音香港@VOAHK )

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