Daily Archives: 26/12/2018

Russia/Ukraine: Ukrainian lawyer jailed in Russia for eight years for ‘espionage’

December 26, 2018

A court in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, has sentenced Ukrainian lawyer Ihor Kyiashko to eight years in a high-security colony on charges of espionage and attempts to smuggle military equipment, according to Kommersant.

“Nizhny Novgorod Regional Court has sentenced Ukrainian Ihor Kyiashko to eight years in a high-security colony, having found him guilty of preparing for smuggling of military equipment and espionage. The court admitted that the convict had bought parts of the engines of multipurpose MiG-29 fighter aircraft for shipment to Ukraine and was collecting secret documentation on the installation of an S-400 anti-aircraft missile system on the instructions of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU),” reads the statement.

Kyiashko’s lawyer, Alexei Matasov, said he considered the sentence to be rather mild and did not intend to challenge it.

According to the prosecution, Kyiashko tried to buy in Russia and bring to Ukraine the blades to the RD-33 engine, which is used on MiG-29 fighter aircraft. The sale was under the control of Russia’s FSB Security Service. He was detained at the time of the transfer of money. Kyiashko was also found guilty of an attempt to gather information about a radar station used in the S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems.


Kyiashko himself admitted that he was trying to buy blades from the RD-33 engine, but denied allegations of espionage. According to him, secret documents were thrown to him during detention.



Pakistan: Senior lawyer shot dead in Tank

December 25, 2018


Armed assailants riding a motorbike gunned down Tank District Bar General Secretary Syed Azam Kundi Advocate in the Imamkhel Bazaar here on Monday.

The killing sparked protests by the lawyers who placed the body at the busy Kashmir Chowk.

The protesters chanted slogans against the district administration and the district police chief.

According to police and local residents, Mr Kundi was going to local courts from his residence as a routine when armed men opened fire on him at Imamkhel, killing him on the spot.

The legal fraternity led by district bar president Pir Abdul Ghaffar Shah, civil society members and local residents held a rally, starting from the district headquarters hospital, Tank, to the Kashmir Chowk.

The speakers held the district police officer responsible for the gory murder. They were of the view that the DPO had ordered withdrawal of security from the slain lawyer and provided opportunity to the attackers to kill him.

They demanded probe into the murder of senior lawyer and arrest of the killers at the earliest.



(L’Observatoire des Avocats Facebook, 27/12/18)

The Philippines: Witnesses in Rodel Batocabe slay come forward

December 26, 2018

At least six witnesses have come forward and issued statements on the killing of Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe and his bodyguard Senior Police Officer 1 Orlando Diaz.

Newly installed Daraga police chief Supt. Dennis Balla said it is a positive development in their efforts to solve the double murder case.

The Daraga police chief added that they have identified “persons of interest” and others for questioning and background checking. But Balla did not provide names.

“We in the Philippine National Police are glad to tell you that witnesses to the Batocabe and Diaz killings are cooperating with us in our serious efforts to bring the perpetrators to the folds of the law,” Balla told a press conference on Monday afternoon at the office of Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo.

Baldo lamented speculations that he was behind Batocabe’s killing.

“These reports are dragging my name down. I accept (the blame), being the mayor of Daraga where this sad incident happened. What I cannot take are insinuations that I am behind this crime. People who know the background of our family (are aware) that we do not resort to violence to resolve issues,” Baldo said.

The mayor dared his accusers to file charges against him if they have proof of his complicity in the crime.












China: ‘More than 20’ security personnel block wife of detained China rights lawyer from attending trial

December 25, 2018

Li Wenzu

Chinese authorities have placed the wife of a detained Chinese human rights lawyer under de facto house arrest to stop her from attending his trial, she said Tuesday.

Li Wenzu, who last week shaved her head in protest at her husband’s indefinite detention, said there were “more than 20” security personnel outside her Beijing apartment by early afternoon.

One of them explicitly told her not to visit Tianjin, the city where her husband stands trial on Wednesday, she wrote on social messaging app WeChat.

wang quanzhang

“I wish I could grow a pair of wings, free and unconstrained, and fly freely, fly to Tianjin”, Li said.

Local police in Beijing did not immediately respond to AFP’s request for comment.

Wang Quanzhang, who defended political activists and victims of land seizures, disappeared in a sweep aimed at courtroom critics of Communist authorities.

Charged in January 2016 with alleged “subversion of state power”, Wang is the only one of more than 200 lawyers and activists arrested in the so-called “709 crackdown” in 2015 who is yet to be tried or released.

On Monday, Li posted on Twitter that she had finally learned of her husband’s trial date, which was conspicuously set for the day after Christmas.

It is not the first time the Chinese government has chosen to sentence a political dissident during the year-end holiday season when international attention towards human rights cases is at a lull.


























https://zh.amnesty.org/more-resources/news/china-trial-of-lawyer-wang-quanzhang-a-cruel-charade/?fbclid=IwAR35b6y-QQ3NTuYW5K98umluxXe-EHQMaWq_jxh8Db8WYOYjaEnu7eXwTb8 (CHINESE)

https://www.voachinese.com/a/Rights-Activists-Barred-From-Tianjin-Trial-Of-Wang-Quanzhang-20181225/4715146.html (CHINESE)

https://hk.news.appledaily.com/china/realtime/article/20181226/59070754 (CANTONESE)

https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2018/12/26/chine-le-proces-du-defenseur-des-droits-wang-quanzhang-s-ouvre-sous-haute-surveillance_5402297_3210.html?fbclid=IwAR1zpga9U9lbO4Irt4CVxutpEBslDUJzc5dJ3HLTHtgmdDa-pSGoqUyXfyc (FRANCAIS)

https://www.liberation.fr/depeches/2018/12/25/chine-la-femme-d-un-avocat-empechee-d-assister-a-son-proces_1699654 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.news-24.fr/international/20477/Monde-Chine-proc%C3%A8s-sous-haute-surveillance-pour-un-d%C3%A9fenseur-des-droits.html (FRANCAIS)

https://www.la-croix.com/Monde/Chine-femme-avocat-empechee-assister-proces-2018-12-25-1300991625 (FRANCAIS)

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https://www.europapress.es/internacional/noticia-china-toma-medidas-seguridad-comienzo-juicio-contra-abogado-chino-detenido-2015-20181226025421.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.abc.es/internacional/abci-desaparecidos-china-201812241943_noticia.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.dw.com/de/prozess-gegen-chinesischen-menschenrechtsanwalt-wang-quanzhang-er%C3%B6ffnet/a-46865703 (DEUTSCH)

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https://observador.pt/2018/12/26/policia-impede-acesso-a-tribunal-chines-onde-julgam-ativista-dos-direitos-humanos/ (PORTUGUES)

https://www.sydsvenskan.se/2018-12-26/sluten-rattegang-mot-kinesisk-advokat (SVENSKA)

https://www.abcnyheter.no/nyheter/verden/2018/12/26/195486677/rettssak-mot-menneskerettsforkjemper-i-gang-i-kina (NORSK)

http://vi.rfi.fr/chau-a/20181226-mot-luat-su-nhan-quyen-trung-quoc-bi-xu-kin-vi-bi-mat-nha-nuoc (Tiếng Việt)

http://kampucheathmey.com/2016/archives/1008439 (KHMER)
















陸凱一直跟著 。






(China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group / 中國維權律師關注組 Facebook, 26/12/18)

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【709案最後審判 立即釋放王全璋律師】
The Final Trial of the 709 Crackdown Release Lawyer Wang Quanzhang Immediately

//聯署聲明 Joint Statement// (English version below)





李文足於今年11月獲頒2018年瑞典「愛德爾斯塔姆人權獎」(The Edelstam Prize),以表揚她對捍衛人權所作出的貢獻。德國總理默克爾於今年5月訪華時亦特意拜訪李文足和余文生律師的妻子許豔,反映國際社會對王全璋及「709案」的關注。





The Final Trial of the 709 Crackdown Release Lawyer Wang Quanzhang Immediately

It has been 3 years since the shocking “709 crackdown”, a widespread persecution of Chinese activists and rights lawyers that had led to the arrest of over a hundred, and many more have been summoned, harassed and intimidated. Among those Zhou Shifeng, Wu Shigen and Wu Gan have since then been sentenced to 7 to 8 years imprisonment for “Subversion of State Power”. As the last detainee in the 709 crackdown who has not yet been tried, Wang Quanzhang will finally appear in court today.

Wang Quanzhang was born in 1976 and began practicing as a lawyer in Beijing since 2007. He was a member of Feng Rui Law Firm. He often represented clients in sensitive cases, such as Falun Gong practitioners and land evictees, and as such incurred the wrath of the authorities. He has also used the pen name “Gao Feng” to write political commentaries, and has published various reports on the state of civil society in China.

Wang Quanzhang was taken away by the police on 3 August 2015, and was charged with subversion of state power in January 2016. He was held incommunicado for a long period of time, and has never been able to meet his defence lawyers appointed by his wife Li Wenzu, nor has Li Wenzu ever saw him in the past three and a half years. His defence lawyer Yu Wensheng was even arrested in early 2018, and charged with “Inciting Subversion of State Power”. During the past three and a half years, the only news of Wang Quanzhang has come from government-appointed lawyers, and the accuracy of such information can never be verified.

The family members of the arrestees in the “709 crackdown”, including Li Wenzu, have fought valiantly for the freedom of their relatives, and developed into the renowned “709 Family”. Using creative and courageous campaign, they have persistently challenged the information blockage and white terror of the Chinese authorities. Actions like the “red bucket protest”, “long march for freedom” and “hairless not lawless”, are all signature campaigns that stood out among civil protests in China in recent years. The activism of the 709 Family has brought human rights issues in China to the international arena. However the price the families have to pay is high; they suffer constant harassment, surveillance and even violence; even the children were affected and have difficulties finding schools.

Li Wenzu was awarded the 2018 Edelstam Prize in November this year, for her outstanding contributions and exceptional courage in standing up for the defence of human rights. When Angela Merkel visited China in May this year, she specially paid a visit to Li Wenzu and Xu Yan, wife of Yu Wensheng, reflecting the level of international attention on Wang Quanzhang and the 709 crackdown.

Today Wang Quanzhang is to stand trial, yet Li Wenzu has been placed under house arrest by national security since yesterday morning, and was not allowed to attend the trial of her own husband. The subversion charge on Wang Quanzhang and other arrestees in the 709 crackdown was absurd in the first place, and the continued control and harassment of the families is even more baseless. We hereby demand the Chinese government to:

1. Immediately and unconditionally release Wang Quanzhang, Zhou Shifeng, Wu Shigen, Wu Gan and Yu Wensheng;
2. Held those law enforcers who have abuse the 709 arrestees accountable;
3. Provide appropriate remedy and relief for the violations of rights suffered by Wang Quanzhang and the 709 arrestees;
4. Stop all form of harassment against Li Wenzu and their child;
5. Abolish the crimes of “Subversion of State Power” and “Inciting Subversion of State Power”

At the same time, we call on international community, the public and the media to continue to pay close attention to the Chinese authorities’ persecution of the civil society, rights lawyers and activists; only by standing together can we stop the ever worsening human rights crisis in China.

Signatories (in alphabetical order):
China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group
Civic Party
Friends of Conscience
Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China
League of Social Democrats
New School for Democracy

26 December 2018

( 香港市民支援愛國民主運動聯合會 Hong Kong Alliance Facebook, 26/12/18)