By Gill H. Boehringer (presentation at the International Conference on Rights of China Lawyers, Taipei, 9 January 2016)
I feel privileged to be here today amongst such a distinguished and, I must say, formidable line-up of speakers and conference participants.
And I would like to congratulate our hosts for their splendid work in organizing this historic event and, of course, their hard work and commitment in supporting the Chinese human rights lawyers.
I also wish to pay my respects to our friends and colleagues from Hong Kong for the singular and inspiring work they have been doing for the defence of the Chinese lawyers, but also in providing the rest of the world with so much, and so immediate, information that has allowed the international community to push back against the government in China.
Finally, to the courageous lawyers from mainland China- I salute you.
I have been asked to talk about the work done by the IAPL on this matter of the “709” (July 9th 2015) crackdown in China, and attacks on lawyers generally. It was also suggested that I should indicate what I believe the international legal community and human rights groups can do to assist the beleaguered Chinese lawyers-and the others suffering along with them which includes family, friends, colleagues, and the activists who support them as well as the lawyers who defend them.