Daily Archives: 01/08/2019

China: Wife of Jailed Chinese Rights Lawyer Says He Needs Medical Treatment

July 31, 2019

Li Wenzu, the wife of jailed Chinese rights attorney Wang Quanzhang, after she visited him for half an hour at Shandong's Linyi Prison and applied for his release on medical parole, July 30, 2019.

The wife of jailed Chinese rights attorney Wang Quanzhang has applied for his release on medical parole after visiting him for the second time in three years.

Wang’s wife Li Wenzu, the couple’s son Wang Guangwei and Wang’s sisterWang Quanxiu visited him for half an hour at Shandong’s Linyi Prison onTuesday.

But while Li had been hoping to see some improvement in her husband’sbefuddled and anxious mental state, his state of mind was pretty much the same as during her first visit one month earlier, she said.

“He told me that he’d seen the video I made [during Wang’s three-yearincommunicado detention] and the posts I’d written, and that they would give the outside world a bad impression of Linyi Prison,” Li told RFA.

“He repeatedly said that Linyi Prison had been good to him,” she said. “I told him that he would be free after he got out … but he said he would have to go and live in Jinan after he got out, because that’s where his household registration is.”

“He seemed pretty anxious throughout the whole meeting, and judgingfrom everything he said, I think the prison is definitely upping the pressure on him,” Li said. “I can tell from the fact that he told me not to go and visit him.”

Li said Wang had always been known for his clarity of thought and rigorous logic, but he seemed dazed and anxious now, which made her worry that he had been brainwashed.

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/lawyer-parole-07312019135916.html

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/2183872/chinese-rights-lawyer-wang-quanzhang-jailed-41/2-years-709

https://thediplomat.com/2019/07/1413-days-and-counting-li-wenzus-fight-for-her-husbands-freedom/

http://www.jeromecohen.net/jerrys-blog/how-the-chinese-government-crushed-rights-lawyer-wang-quanzhang

https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/66021/statement-spokesperson-trial-chinese-human-rights-activist-huang-qi_en

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wang_Quanzhang

https://www.acatfrance.fr/actualite/la-visite-de-li-wenzu-a-son-mari-emprisonne-confirme-les-craintes-de-torture (FRANCAIS)

#709lawyers

#709crackdown

Australia/Timor Leste: Timor-Leste and Australia have little to celebrate if Witness K and Bernard Collaery are not free

July 31, 2019

The trial of the former Asis spy and his lawyer undermines the already complicated relationship between two neighbours, writes Timor-Leste’s former president

 

As Timorese and Australians work round the clock preparing to celebrate two milestones in Timor-Leste’s recent history – the independence vote on 30 August and the arrival of peacekeeping troops on 20 September 1999, intimately connecting the two countries like an umbilical chord – two brave Australians are on trial for exposing a perfidy unworthy of a great country.

Xanana Gusmão is presiding over the organising committee of the two anniversary events. I peeked and walked in uninvited as our charismatic leader and chief negotiator gave instructions to some 100 officials involved in the festivity preparations.

Meanwhile in Australia, two men, former Asis spy Witness K and Canberra barrister Bernard Collaery are being tried … for treason? Disloyalty to country or to a government that was acting hors de loi? The two patriots were not passing on sensitive Australian security or economic secrets to Indonesia, China, North Korea or Russia.

Rather Witness K exposed the Australian government’s illegal spying operation against its ally, Timor-Leste, during bilateral negotiations. He and his lawyer, Collaery, now face jail time if convicted at trial.

The story is a simple, sad one, a story of chicanery, of innocence and trust betrayed. Sometime in 2004 as officials of our two countries were engaged in intense negotiations to resolve resource disputes in the Timor Sea, an Australian intelligence officer was ordered by his bosses in Canberra to plant listening devices in key Timor-Leste government offices to obtain sensitive information on its position and tactics.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/31/timor-leste-and-australia-have-little-to-celebrate-if-witness-k-and-bernard-collaery-are-not-free

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6299315/collaery-and-witness-k-national-heroes-senator/

Senate outcry after review of Home Affairs produces ‘no report’

Australia approves treaty with East Timor over gas royalties

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard_Collaery

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9_Ramos-Horta

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9_Ramos-Horta (FRANCAIS)