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China/EU: EU ‘Deeply Troubled’ by China’s Human Rights Record

December 10, 2017

The  delegation to China issued a statement on Friday ahead of International Human Rights Day expressing deep concerns regarding the outlook for human rights in the country. From AFP:

The  noted “significant improvements in the Chinese people’s standard of living and in access to social services such as health and education,” according to a statement on its website.

“However … during the past year, we have been deeply troubled by the deterioration of the situation with respect to freedom of information and freedom of expression and association, including with respect to online activity,” it said.

[…] The EU delegation also said it regrets the death in detention in July of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, and called for the release of imprisoned human rights defenders, including lawyer Jiang Tianyong and Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti.

[…] The delegation’s statement was not formally endorsed by all 28 EU member states, and there was no immediate response from Beijing. [Source]

The Chinese government has intensified its crackdown on civil society under President Xi Jinping. Hundreds of human rights lawyers and activists were targeted in 2015 in one of the most extensive assaults on rights advocates that the country has seen in recent years. In Hong Kong, the forced disappearance of five staff members of Causeway Bay Books in late 2015 shocked the city and raised fears of eroding  in the former British colony. Repression in Xinjiang and Tibet continues as Chinese authorities ramp up efforts to curtail political activity and suppress all expressions of ethnic and religious identity.

https://chinadigitaltimes.net/2017/12/eu-deeply-troubled-chinas-human-rights-record/

https://www.news24.com/World/News/eu-deeply-troubled-by-chinas-human-rights-record-20171208

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?CategoryId=12395&ArticleId=2447419

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China: Two Years After ‘Disappearance,’ Wang Quanzhang Denied Visits From Defense Team

December 6, 2017

Cheng Hai (L) and Lin Qilei (R), attorneys representing prominent rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang, are prevented from visiting their client at the No. 1 Detention Center in the northern port city of Tianjin, Dec. 4, 2017.

More than two years after his “disappearance” amid a nationwide police operation targeting Chinese human rights lawyers in 2015, detained lawyer Wang Quanzhang continues to be denied access to a defense attorney.

Defense attorneys Lin Qilei and Cheng Hai, who were hired by Wang’s family to represent him, were once more denied entry to the No. 1 Detention Center in the northern port city of Tianjin after they tried to visit him there this week.

“We went to the armed police sentry station [at the gates of the detention center] and they just kept telling us to wait,” Lin told RFA. “We heard nothing.”

“Then they told us we could leave or keep waiting there, but that they were shutting up for the day, and that we wouldn’t be allowed to see [Wang],” he said.

Wang was initially detained amid a wave of police raids launched in July 2015 on suspicion of “incitement to subvert state power.” Lawyers have made some 50 attempts to visit him in detention since then.

His case was passed over the prosecution last February, but no trial date has been forthcoming.

Wang’s wife Li Wenzu has also been targeted for repeated harassment by police, who have forced her to leave rented accommodation several times since his detention, by putting pressure on her landlords.

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/two-years-after-disappearance-wang-quangzhang-denied-visits-from-defense-team-12062017110805.html

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http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/yf2-12062017104151.html (MANDARIN)

China: The Sentencing of Jiang Tianyong: What it Means for China & the World

December 3, 2017

Last month, and three months after civil rights activist Jiang Tianyong pled guilty to “inciting subversion of state power,” the Changsha Intermediate Court finally issued its sentence: two years in prison (much of it already served) and the deprivation of Jiang’s political rights for three years.

As far as the crime of subverting state power goes, a crime the Chinese government has increasingly used to silence its civil rights activists, things could have been worse.  Jiang is seen as a leader in China’s civil rights circles, a lawyer who has daringly taken on some of China’s most politically sensitive cases, such as representing Falun Gong practitioners as well as ethnic Tibetans in the aftermath of the 2008 Tibetan riots.  As a result of his zealous advocacy in these cases, in 2009, the Chinese government denied the renewal of his law license.  But lack of a law license did not stopped Jiang from continuing his work.  Ironically, much of his advocacy began to focus on a new vulnerable group: China’s civil rights lawyers.  In 2011, Jiang played an active role in ensuring that blind activist Chen Guangcheng’s cruel house arrest remained in the public eye.  More recently, Jiang was important in supporting many of his colleagues who were caught up in the Chinese government’s July 9, 2015 nationwide crackdown on over 200 civil rights lawyers and activists (“709 Crackdown”). Through blog posts, tweets, calls for protests and interviews with foreign media as well as with Philip Alston, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Jiang effectively kept the 709 Crackdown visible.  It is this type of ardent support for his colleagues that has made him the him the soul of the movement.

http://chinalawandpolicy.com/2017/12/03/the-sentencing-of-jiang-tianyong-what-it-means-for-china-the-world/

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

China/Egypt/Kyrgystan: Orange the world Wang Yu, China

November 27, 2017

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The 25th of every month has been designated “Orange Day” by the United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE to End Violence Against Women, to raise awareness and take action to end violence against women and girls. From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign called “Orange the World” takes place. Justice International together with Lawyers for Lawyers will be highlighting women-lawyers (and human rights defenders) who work to end violence against women and girls around the world. 

Ms. Wang Yu started practicing law in 2004 in Beijing. She is a member of the human rights lawyers group of China, set up in 2013. She is by far one of the few female lawyers who have remained steadfast in face of the suppressive environment for lawyer practice in China. Wang began to focus on human rights and public interest cases in 2011 and has been involved in cases of disability discrimination, religious freedom, land rights and illegal restriction of personal freedom by government and law enforcement officials, and activists’ cases.

http://www.advocatenvooradvocaten.nl/13027/orange-the-world-wang-yu-china/

http://www.advocatenvooradvocaten.nl/13020/orange-the-world-azza-soliman-egypt/

http://www.advocatenvooradvocaten.nl/13016/orange-the-world-mukhayo-abduraupova-southern-kyrgyzstan/

China/Canada/HRW: Prime Minister Trudeau Shouldn’t Ignore China’s Jailed Activists

November 30, 2017

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) gestures to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ahead of their meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China August 31, 2016.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau heads to China this weekend, arriving amidst a flurry of negative human rights developments.

This week a Chinese court handed down a harsh five-year sentence on Taiwanese activist Lee Ming-Che merely for discussing democracy in social media groups in China. Last week it was a two-year sentence against human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong; authorities chose to conflate his peaceful legal activism with anti-state activity. Liu Xia—the widow of Nobel Peace Prize winner and dissident Liu Xiaobo—has been forcibly disappeared since her husband’s death in July.  And for the past decade Canadian citizen Huseyin Celil, an ethnic Uyghur, has been languishing in a Chinese prison without access to Canadian diplomats.

There’s scant detail about what rights-related recommendations the prime minister plans to put to President Xi Jinping—who has presided over the worst erosion of human rights in China since the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre. Announcing the start of talks on a free trade agreement appear to top Trudeau’s agenda. But any such agreement can’t ignore the rule of lawfreedom of expressionreligious freedom, and respect for ethnic minorities – issues that Canada has long been committed to and that Xi has shown profound hostility.

https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/11/30/prime-minister-trudeau-shouldnt-ignore-chinas-jailed-activists

http://www.thewesternstar.com/news/rights-groups-call-on-trudeau-to-raise-plight-of-prisoners-held-in-china-on-trip-166295/

https://ipolitics.ca/2017/11/30/open-letter-urges-trudeau-raise-human-rights-issues-china-visit/

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/11/30/justin-trudeau-faces-classic-profit-versus-human-rights-conundrum-on-trip-to-china.html

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/12/02/trade-not-human-rights-is-top-of-mind-as-trudeau-visits-china.html

Terry Glavin: The Liberals are dangerously wrong on China. They always have been

Trudeau, returning from China, faces pressure to fight for political prisoners with links to Canada

China: Former Top Rights Lawyer Unable to Find Work After ‘Release’ From Bail in China

November 28, 2017

Chinese rights lawyers Bao Longjun (R), Wang Yu (C), and Li Yu (L) in an undated photo.

Several months after her bail status was officially lifted, top Chinese rights attorney Wang Yu and her family remain under tight restriction, unable to seek employment and banned from traveling overseas, RFA has learned.

Wang, one of the first and most prominent of hundreds of human rights lawyers and associates swept up by Chinese authorities in a crackdown that started in July 2015, was “released” on bail alongside her husband and colleague Bao Longjun after being held for more than a year on subversion charges.

But the family have been held under tight surveillance at an apartment chosen by state security police, cut off from friends and family, and the couple’s son Bao Zhuoxuan, has developed depression after being prevented from going overseas to study, as previously planned.

According to rights activist and family friend Ye Jingchun, Wang still holds a valid license to practise law.

“Normally, if she wanted to practise general law, then she could probably transfer to a different law firm and start working normally again, but Wang’s case is somewhat different,” Ye said.

“All of the firms she has contacted have said it would be ‘difficult’ for them to hire her, because the judicial authorities have already been in touch to warn them off hiring Wang Yu,” she said.

Ye said Wang hasn’t worked in two years, while Bao has also been stalled in his progress through the “articles” stage of his professional training.

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/former-top-rights-lawyer-unable-to-find-work-after-release-from-bail-in-china-11282017113026.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wang_Yu_(lawyer)

http://www.ludovictrarieux.org/uk-page3.callplt2016.htm

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3308398

http://www.jeromecohen.net/jerrys-blog/the-peoples-republic-of-the-disappeared

China: China Blocks Son of Human Rights Lawyer From Leaving Country

November 14, 2017

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2119894/china-again-stops-709-human-rights-lawyer-wang-yus-teen

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/wangyu-son-11142017181019.html

“They stripped me”: A human rights lawyer on her year of secret detention in China

https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/11/02/chinese-lawyer-li-yuhan-detained-public-security-bureau-concern-groups-say/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/human-rights-repression-in-china-seen-worsening-under-xi/2017/11/16/cd086fa4-cb34-11e7-b506-8a10ed11ecf5_story.html

http://www.advocatenvooradvocaten.nl/13011/china-lawyer-li-yuhan-arrested/

Another Human Rights Lawyer Targeted in Continuous Crackdown

https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/11/02/chinese-lawyer-li-yuhan-detained-public-security-bureau-concern-groups-say/

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/17/china-communist-party-congress-agents-stifle-activists

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/congress-disappeared-10192017133618.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-china-blog-41661862

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/11/23/asia/china-lawyers-disappeared/index.html

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2115966/chinas-getting-new-law-fight-corruption-theres-still-no

https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/10/18/chinese-police-round-dissidents-communist-party-congress-kicks-off/

http://www.abc.net.au/radio/adelaide/programs/worldtoday/book-tells-of-forced-confessions-and-disappearances-in-china/9200888

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wang_Yu_(lawyer)

http://www.avocatparis.org/chine-communique-de-lobservatoire-international-des-avocats-en-danger-oiad (FRANCAIS)