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China: Wife of Jailed Chinese Rights Lawyer ‘Stunned’ by Video of Jailed Husband

May 20, 2019

A supporter of jailed Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang displyas his image at China's liason office in Hong Kong, July 13, 2018.

The wife of jailed human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang has set out onanother campaign to find her husband, starting on a Chinese lovers’festival, only to be shown video footage of Wang which she described as “very worrying.”

Li Wenzu met with authorities at the Linyi Prison in the eastern province of Shandong on Monday.

During the last of four conversations, she was shown a three-minute video of her husband–her first view of Wang since his detention nearly four years ago–which she said left her “stunned,” with her “heart bleeding.”

“I saw that Wang Quanzhang has obviously gotten much thinner and looksmuch older and greyer,” Li said in a statement via Twitter. “He seemed quite spaced out, and his responses were slow and hesitant.”

“When he speaks, his eyes flick from one place to another; when he finishes saying one thing, it takes him ages to stammer out the next sentences,” she said.

Li had continued to insist on a face-to-face meeting with Wang during four meetings with prison leaders, she said.

She said she had chosen the day for its significance for lovers, because “520” sounds similar to the Chinese for “I love you.”

“It’s May 20, 2019, and today is the 1,410th day that Wang Quanzhang has been missing,” Li told RFA. “It is also the first day of the second phase of our search for Wang Quanzhang.”








https://news.rthk.hk/rthk/ch/component/k2/1458494-20190520.htm (CANTONESE)

https://www.epochtimes.fr/la-famille-dun-avocat-chinois-des-droits-humains-emprisonne-en-chine-recoit-de-ses-nouvelles-pour-la-premiere-fois-en-4-ans-855698.html (FRANCAIS)

https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2019/01/28/en-chine-l-avocat-wang-quanzhang-condamne-a-quatre-ans-et-demi-de-prison-pour-subversion_5415450_3210.html (FRANCAIS)







China: Wife of Jailed Rights Lawyer Gets Two Letters ‘Admitting’ to ‘Crimes’

May 13, 2019

Li Wenzu (C) meets in China with human rights officials from the U.S., Germany, Canada, Switzerland, and the Netherlands, May 6, 2019.

The wife of jailed human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang has received two letters purportedly written by him in recent days, in which he “admits” to his “crimes,” and asks that she not visit him for the time being.

The unexpected missives come after Wang was detained, interrogated, held in prolonged pretrial detention with no access to family or lawyers, and tried and jailed behind closed doors, prompting concerns that he may have been tortured or otherwise mistreated.

Wang’s wife Li Wenzu received one letter on Friday describing Wang’s life in Linyi Prison in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong, she said.

The letter came after authorities in the northern city of Tianjin transferred Wang to Linyi Prison, which temporarily suspended Li’s visiting rights.

The letter states that Wang is allowed to take part freely in prison activities, has an improved diet, and is on the mend physically.

It describes Wang as “reflecting on my mistakes,” and says that he regrets bringing trouble down on the heads of his loved ones.







https://hk.news.appledaily.com/china/realtime/article/20190517/59613384 (CANTONESE)

China: Lawyer Yu Wensheng tried in secret

May 12, 2019

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徐州市中級人民法院,沒有通知許艷關於余文生案開庭的信息;沒有在徐州市中級人民法院網站上公佈余文生案開庭信息;沒有通知我請的辯護律師常伯陽律師、謝陽律師關於 開庭信息。


許艷認為,這樣的開庭,沒有保障妻子去旁聽的權利;沒有保障我請的辯護律師為余文生律師辯護的法律權利;沒有保障大家對余文生律師案件的關注與申請旁聽的權利;無法相信 在這樣的情況下余文生律師的法律權利可以得到保障。

許艷對徐州市中級人民法院針對余文生律師案件的違法密秘審判的做法,表示強烈抗議! 表示不承認! 不認可! 不接受!




(China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group / 中國維權律師關注組 Facebook, 11/05/19)

A Solemn Statement on the Secret Trial of Lawyer Yu Wensheng,
By Xu Yan, wife of Yu,

11 May 2019

It is now known that lawyer Yu Wensheng was secretly tried by the Xuzhou Intermediate People’s Court of Jiangsu province on 9 May.

The Xuzhou Intermediate People’s Court did not inform me, or publicise on its website any information, about the trial of Yu Wensheng’s case.  Lawyers Chang Boyang and Xie Yang, whom I have hired as the defence counsels, were also not notified about it.

At 9 am on 9 May, Yu was tried in a secret hearing.

A trial like this does not protect my right as a wife to attend the hearing. It does not protect Yu Wensheng’s legal right to be defended by the lawyers I have appointed for him. It does not protect the public’s rights to concern about Yu Wensheng’s case and to attend the trial.  I cannot trust that under such circumstances, the legal rights of Yu Wensheng can be protected.

I strongly protest against the Xuzhou Intermediate People’s Court. It has illegally handled lawyer Yu Wensheng’s case by launching a secret trial!  I cannot take this! I do not recognise it! I do not accept it!

I demand the judicial organs in Xuzhou and in Beijing and the judicial organs in China to abide by the law and be humane in handling Yu Wensheng’s case.

I demand the Xuzhou Intermediate People’s Court to immediately acquit lawyer Yu Wensheng.

By Xu Yan, wife of lawyer Yu Wensheng

https://hk.news.yahoo.com/%E5%85%A7%E5%9C%B0%E7%B6%AD%E6%AC%8A%E5%BE%8B%E5%B8%AB%E4%BD%99%E6%96%87%E7%94%9F%E5%A6%BB%E5%AD%90%E7%A8%B1%E7%9B%B8%E4%BF%A1%E4%B8%88%E5%A4%AB%E6%A1%88%E4%BB%B6%E5%B7%B2%E7%A7%98%E5%AF%86%E9%96%8B%E5%BA%AD%E5%AF%A9%E8%A8%8A-123509091.html (CANTONESE)



Yu Wensheng 余文生



China: Rights Lawyer Who Criticized President Xi’s Indefinite Rule Detained For Subversion

May 10, 2019

Human rights lawyer Chen Jiahong (C) is taken into custody by police, April 29, 2019.

Authorities in the southwestern region of Guangxi have detained a prominent human rights lawyer who spoke out about curbs to China’s legal profession and the abolition of term limits by President Xi Jinping.

Chen Jiahong is currently under criminal detention at Guangxi’s Yulin Detention Center, on suspicion of “incitement to subvert state power,” RFA has learned.

According to fellow Guangxi lawyer Tan Yongpei, Chen’s detention came after he posted a video to social media in which he calls for “an assassination commando,” and to be “rid of this evil bureaucracy,” in an apparent reference to the ruling Chinese Communist Party.

Chen also called for a democratic process to work towards constitutional government in China, Tan said.

“The police went out and detained him less than an hour and a half after the video was posted,” Tan said. “Now that Chen Jiahong has shouted this out in public, the government will deem it to be publicly inciting subversion of state power.”

“This crossed a red line for them,” he said.





China: Chinese Rights Lawyer Demoted From Teaching Post at Shandong University

May 9, 2019

Rights lawyer and university lecturer Liu Shuqing is shown in an undated photo.

A university in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong has fired a lecturer and human rights lawyer after he “repeatedly published inappropriate comments” in the media, RFA has learned.

Rights lawyer Liu Shuqing, who also works at a public interest law firm, was told to stop teaching classes at the Shandong Qilu University of Technology last year.

The university issued a statement accusing Liu of “violating teaching standards of practice” and being a “bad influence.”

Liu, who was hired to teach by the college’s school of chemical engineering, said he had also been rated “unqualified” in a recent staff assessment, although he was the only one in his faculty to fail his assessment.

The school will now go through a disciplinary process based on two posts he made on the internet, about a government grading system for lawyers and the abuse of official power.

But he said he had never discussed his opinions while teaching, and that there was nothing illegal in either post.



Hong Kong: Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement trio appeals against convictions and sentences

May 3, 2019

Chu Yiu-ming, Chan Kin-man, Benny Tai

Three activists behind Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Umbrella Movement have filed their appeals on Friday, nine days after the court handed down their sentences.

Law scholar Benny Tai and retired sociology professor Chan Kin-man – both of whom are serving 16-month jail sentences on public nuisance charges – will appeal against their convictions and sentences. Reverend Chu Yiu-ming, who received a suspended sentence of two years, will appeal his conviction.

Lawyers for the three activists – known together as the “Occupy trio” – confirmed to reporters on Friday that a notice of appeal has been filed. The document sets out the reasons for appeal, which will be refined after the lawyers have a chance to meet with the trio. The case is expected to be heard at the Court of Appeal.

HKFP has reached out to the Department of Justice for comment.

The Occupy trio led the 2013 civil disobedience campaign of Occupy Central with Love and Peace. It was a precursor to the Umbrella Movement, the biggest pro-democracy protest in the city’s history which lasted from September to December of 2014.

Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement trio appeals against convictions and sentences


‘Occupy Central’ trio appeal sentences, convictions


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China: Release and Reversal of Convictions for Pro-Democracy Advocates in Hong Kong

‘Free Hong Kong’ flash mob in Poland shows support for jailed Umbrella Movement activists



https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benny_Tai (FRANCAIS)

https://www.nzz.ch/feuilleton/hongkong-in-der-kulturszene-herrscht-verunsicherung-ld.1470272 (DEUTSCH)

China: Wife of jailed China rights lawyer pleads to see him

May 3, 2019

Li Wenzu has not seen her husband Wang Quanzhang since he disappeared nearly four years ago in a sweep aimed at courtroom critics of Communist authorities

The wife of jailed Chinese rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang Friday pleaded to be allowed to see him just once nearly four years after he disappeared during a crackdown on lawyers and activists.

Wang, 42, was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison in January following a December trial that took place behind closed doors.

A prominent lawyer who defended political activists and victims of land seizures, Wang disappeared in a sweep aimed at courtroom critics of Communist authorities known as the “709” clampdown because the arrests started on July 9, 2015.

Charged in January 2016 with “subversion of state power”, Wang was the last of more than 200 lawyers and activists arrested in the crackdown to be tried or released.

“My concern is that from the time he was arrested, no one has seen Wang Quanzhang, not even the lawyers that we hired,” his wife Li Wenzu told AFP.

“All I want is to see him one time to know that he is still alive,” she said.

Wang was transferred on Monday from detention in the northern city of Tianjin to Linyi jail in the eastern province of Shandong, according to a letter from prison authorities handed to his sister, Li said.

The notice was accompanied by a memo which said prison facilities were being upgraded so no visits were allowed, Li said.

Li, who has actively protested against her husband’s detention, has repeatedly demanded proof of life from the authorities.

She was placed under de facto house arrest the day before Wang’s December 26 trial to prevent her from attending.


No visitors allowed at prison holding Chinese rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang, his wife says

No visitors allowed at prison holding Chinese rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang, his wife says