Daily Archives: 13/01/2021

China: Chang Weiping’s family and lawyers face immense pressure and harassment


Chang Weiping

On 14 December 2020, Chang Weiping’s parents held a protest in front of the Gaoxin branch of the Baoji Municipal Public Security Bureau, seeking his release and raising concerns about the risk of torture in detention. After the protest, both parents were summoned for interrogation several times. A CCTV camera was installed outside their home in Fengxiang county to monitor their movement and any visitors. Their mobile phones have since been confiscated and they are under de facto incommunicado house arrest.

One of Chang Weiping’s brothers-in-law and his father-in-law also had their mobile phones confiscated. Chang Weiping’s older sister was prohibited from visiting her father. Chen Zijuan, Chang Weiping’s wife, has not been able to contact her father-in-law for over two weeks.

On 6 January 2021, Chen Zijuan submitted a complaint to the Baoji Municipal Procuratorate against local public security officials who visited her in Shenzhen eight times between 22 October 2020, the day Chang Weiping was detained, and 23 December 2020. The officials warned her not to conduct public advocacy for her husband. They also pressured her to delete her social media posts on Weibo about her husband’s situation. The officials said she would lose her job if she defied their demands.

The two human rights lawyers who were initially hired to assist Chang Weiping had to withdraw from the case due to intense pressure from the authorities. Two new lawyers who took over the case said they could not give any media interviews due to official pressure. The new lawyers’ first attempt to meet Chang Weiping was not successful. In a statement issued on 16 December 2020, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders said the withdrawal of Chang Weiping’s first lawyers was “telling of the gravity and scale of the situation faced by human rights defenders and lawyers in China.”

Chang Weiping is a human rights lawyer known for his public interest litigation in defence of the rights of people facing discrimination based on their health status, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation. He has provided legal counsel to human rights defenders, victims of defective vaccines, as well as women, LGBT persons, and persons living with HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B who face discrimination in the workplace.






Pakistan: Multan man murders lawyer after losing case: police


Pakistan Bar Council - Wikiwand

A man was arrested for murdering his lawyer after losing a case in Multan, the police said on Tuesday.

The suspect, identified as Faizan, had filed a petition in court and approached advocate Sabir Qureshi to fight the case for him.

“Faizan was furious when he lost the case and in this anger, he murdered Qureshi and his elder brother,” the investigation officer said. The suspect was helped by his friends in the crime.

“The men broke into Qureshi’s house, tortured him and his brother, and then murdered them,” the officer said, adding that they tried to set the bodies on fire but failed to do so.

Faizan was caught four days after the crime. His accomplices are, however, on the run. An FIR has been registered.


China/Hong Kong: Upcoming hearing on the revocation of human rights lawyer Lu Siwei’s license


Lu Siwei

On 13 January 2021, the Sichuan Provincial Judicial Department will hold a hearing in Chengdu, at the request of human rights lawyer Lu Siwei, who will contest the authorities’ decision to initiate the process to revoke his lawyer’s license in response to his human rights work and the exercise of his right to freedom of expression.

Lu Siwei (卢思位) is a human rights lawyer based in Chengdu, Sichuan province in western China. He has provided legal assistance to victims of human rights violations and is outspoken against instances of social injustice and the suffering of vulnerable groups. Through legal assistance, legal representation, signature petitions and other advocacy means, he has worked on human rights issues human issues such as freedom of expression, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detention, torture, and forced eviction and demolition.

The human rights lawer has defended fellow human rights lawyers who are or were facing criminal prosecution, including Yu WenshengQin Yongpei, and Wang Quanzhang. In 2019, he faced disciplinary proceedings initiated by the State-controlled Chengdu Municipal Bar Association, which were believed to be in reprisal for his legal assistance to fellow human rights lawyer Chen Jiahong who was detained on suspicion of “inciting subversion”.







Italy/Netherlands/Azerbaijan: Giornata Internazionale dell’Avvocato Minacciato 2021: Convegno del 22.01.2021


L’Unione delle Camere Penali Italiane, insieme al proprio Osservatorio Avvocati Minacciati e Osservatorio Europa, in occasione della XI° Giornata Internazionale dell’Avvocato Minacciato 2021, che si celebrerà il prossimo 24 gennaio ha organizzato un convegno con Foscus sull’Azerbaijan. L’evento si svolgerà sulla piattaforma telematica Zoom dalle ore 15.00 alle ore 17.00.

L’evento è accreditato aifini della formazione obbligatoria permanente degli Avvocati, con il riconoscimento di n. 2 crediti formativi in materia penale.

Per questioni organizzative, l’iscrizione è obbligatoria entro il 20 gennaio 2021. Agli iscritti verrà chiesto il giorno prima di registrarsi sulla piattaforma Zoom e ricevere così il link personale (non cedibile) per accedere al webinar



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https://eldh.eu/2020/12/21/day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-2021-azerbaijan/ (ENGLISH)