China/France/Germany: Detained Chinese lawyer Yu Wensheng wins Franco-German human rights award

January 15, 2019

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The French and German ambassadors to Beijing have granted a human rights award to a detained Chinese lawyer, with his wife picking up the prize on his behalf.

Mr Yu Wensheng – best known for suing the Beijing government over the city’s once chronic pollution – was detained in January last year and charged with “inciting subversion of state power”.

Beijing has stepped up its crackdown on civil society since President Xi Jinping took power in 2012, tightening restrictions on freedom of speech and detaining hundreds of activists and lawyers.

Prior to his arrest, Mr Yu had circulated an open letter calling for five reforms to China’s constitution, including the institution of multi-candidate presidential elections.

His wife, Madam Xu Yan, received the award at an event organised by the German embassy in Beijing on Monday (Jan 14).

The prominent attorney was among 15 winners of the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law for 2018, announced in November last year.

“He (Yu) has lost his freedom for a year and not allowed to meet with a defence lawyer,” Madam Xu said at the event attended by the German and French ambassadors to China, according to a transcript she posted on her WeChat social media account.

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https://thestandnews.com/china/%E8%A2%AB%E5%90%8A%E8%AD%89%E7%B6%AD%E6%AC%8A%E5%BE%8B%E5%B8%AB%E7%B5%84%E6%88%90-%E5%BE%8B%E5%B8%AB%E5%BE%8C%E4%BF%B1%E6%A8%82%E9%83%A8-%E8%AD%A6%E5%AF%9F%E7%99%BB%E9%96%80%E9%80%9A%E7%9F%A5%E5%8F%96%E7%B7%A0/?utm_source=HRIC+Updates&utm_campaign=63fbb4faba-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_12_04_11_54_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b537d30fde-63fbb4faba-259223637 (CHINESE)

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【余文生律師獲得 2018年《德法人權法治獎》,妻子許艷代領獎的發言稿】

大家好!我叫許艷,是余文生律師的妻子。
余文生律師因代理人權案件,為709案辯護,發表修憲建議,以涉嫌煽動顛覆國家政權罪、妨害公務罪被捕。如今被關押於江蘇省徐州市看守所。已經失去自由一年,一直沒有得到辯護律師的會見。
我很榮幸能代替余文生律師來領獎。

得知余文生律師獲得2018年《德法人權法治獎》,我為余文生律師感到高興!
德國、法國這樣的自由文明國家給予余文生律師這樣的肯定與榮譽,令我倍感榮幸和欣慰!
在此,請允許我代表余文生律師,真誠感謝德國駐華大使館官的人權官員蓋明美女士、法國駐華大使館的人權官員古哲星先生、德國外交部長、法國外交部長、尊敬的德國、法國及所有推薦人士。
非常感謝您們對余文生律師的鼓勵與肯定。

我們身邊還有很多人權律師因為辦理人權案件、努力促進法治而遭受迫害,甚至失去自由。
709王全璋律師已失去自由三年多,而王全璋的辯護律師余文生律師、李昱函律師又相繼身陷囹圄。 709的辯護律師文東海律師、程海律師等被吊銷、註銷律師執業證。
709隋牧青律師被吊銷律師執業證。王宇律師至今無法正常執業。謝燕益律師被註銷律師執業證。
同時,一些其他人權律師和人權捍衛者在遭遇著不同的困境。
2018年《德法人權法治獎》授予余文生律師,這不是余文生律師一人的榮譽,也是人權律師群體的榮譽!

最後,我除對德國、法國表達衷心感謝外。藉此機會,我也感謝余文生律師案的辯護律師常伯陽律師、謝陽律師;代理律師盧廷閣律師、何偉律師、馬衛律師和一路幫助我的所有人士。

也衷心感謝對余文生律師案件一直給予關注與幫助的國際上其他國家的人權官員及其他國家,謝謝您們一直熱忱的幫助!您們的存在,讓困境中的人權捍衛士者看到希望。
肯請您們繼續關注余文生律師。
謝謝大家。

許艷
2019年1月14日

(China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group / 中國維權律師關注組 Facebook, 15/01/19)

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