Daily Archives: 15/05/2021

China/USA/Hong Kong: US Calls on Beijing to Respect Rights of Lawyer Barred From Leaving China


FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2020, file photo, university students put up posters to demand of releasing the 12 Hong Kong activists…

The U.S. State Department is calling on China to respect the freedom of a Chinese rights lawyer linked to the defense of one of 12 pro-democracy activists who attempted to flee Hong Kong for Taiwan in a small boat.

“We remain alarmed by human rights violations and abuses in China and call on the PRC (People’s Republic of China) to respect the fundamental freedoms to which their citizens are entitled consistent with China’s international obligations and commitments,” a State Department spokesperson told VOA on Thursday via email.

Chinese human rights lawyer Lu Siwei told VOA Mandarin by phone on May 10 that two days earlier he had been barred from leaving the country. Officers at Shanghai Pudong Airport kept him from boarding a Delta Air Lines flight to the U.S. where he was to participate in the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, a one-year nondegree course of study for midcareer professionals sponsored by the State Department. 

Lu did not specify where he was expecting to pursue the fellowship, and program administrators have not replied to VOA requests for information about Lu’s situation and the participation of Chinese officials. A request for comment to China’s embassy in Washington has gone unanswered.

Hong Kong 12

Lu, who is based in Chengdu, Sichuan province, in western China, was one of two lawyers who represented 12 Hong Kong residents, the so-called Hong Kong 12, after they were intercepted at sea by Chinese authorities as they tried to flee to Taiwan on August 23, 2020.

In January, the Sichuan Provincial Judicial Department revoked his license to practice law and the Sichuan Provincial Lawyers Association, a government-controlled entity, revoked his membership. 

In March, Sichuan authorities banned Lu from going to Beijing to obtain a visa at the U.S. Embassy and warned he would not be allowed to leave China.




https://www.voachinese.com/a/China-bars-rights-lawyer-Lu-Siwei-exit-to-US-again-20210512/5887902.html (CHINESE)

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/fr/profile/lu-siwei (FRANCAIS)

Mexico: A prominent lawyer was brutally murdered


Abel Murrieta fue asesinado en Cajeme. (Especial)

The murder of Abel Murrieta should get Americans’ attention.

On Thursday, an assassin or assassins riddled the 58-year-old Murrieta with bullets while campaigning for mayor of Cajeme, a town in the border state of Sonora, Mexico.

Mexican authorities didn’t say how he died nor have offered any possible motives, but surely this wasn’t an ordinary murder. Graphic images of his body lying on the street quickly made the rounds on social media, sparking outrage and accusations.

Murrieta, the former attorney general of Sonora, which shares a 372-mile-long border with Arizona, was also the lawyer of the LeBarón family that lost nine members in a brutal 2019 ambush.

That 2019 massacre of three mothers and six children – members of a fundamentalist Mormon community that has historic ties to Mesa – shook the world for the brutality of the attack while they were driving through the neighboring state of Chihuahua.

Murrieta’s murder has many possible motives

Speaking to the Spanish newspaper El País, Adrían LeBarón summed up Murrieta’s murder perfectly in Mexico’s complex web of violence that has left a trail of political candidates and drug-related deaths.

“This crime has 20 angles (motives) and all of them are correct,” he told El País in Spanish.



https://www.milenio.com/politica/elecciones-2021/abel-murrieta-gutierrez-quien-fue-el-candidato-en-cajeme (ESPANOL)




Iran: Labour lawyer Farzaneh Zilabi appears in court







https://www.camerepenali.it/cat/10959/il_contributo_di_ucpi_al_rapporto_della_relatrice_speciale_dellonu_sulla_detenzione_a_lungo_termine_dei_difensori_dei_diritti_umani.html (ITALIANO)

https://elpais.com/internacional/2019/02/12/actualidad/1549978013_351486.html (ESPANOL)