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China: 709 Crackdown Three Years on: Mother and Lawyer Reveals Brutality Against Her Teenage Son for the First Time

July 1, 2018


Wang Yu (王宇), born 1971 in Inner Mongolia, was a lawyer with the Beijing Fengrui Law Firm when she was abducted in the early morning of July 9, 2015. The date of her detention marks the beginning of, and gives name to, the most notorious human rights event over the last two years – the 709 Crackdown. That same evening, her husband and son, en route to Australia for the son to attend school, were also detained. Wang Yu and her husband Bao Longjun, also a lawyer, were released on bail in August 2016 and the family of three was sequestered in an apartment in Ulan Hot, Inner Mongolia, under severe surveillance. This continued until late 2017, when they were allowed to return to their home in Beijing. Wang Yu has not been able to resume her legal practice because of government obstruction.

Wang recounted her experience in secret detention in the early months of 709 Crackdown, and her forced TV denunciation of the American Bar Association’s inaugural Human Rights Award. Growing up and attending high school in Beijing, Wang Yu’s son Bao Zhuoxuan, 15 years old in July 2015, was briefly detained and then uprooted from home and school and taken to Inner Mongolia to live with his maternal grandparents. In October 2015, a few friends of Wang Yu inside and outside China devised a plan to help the young man by bringing him out of China secretly. It failed; Bao Zhuoxuan and the two adults accompanying him were captured near the Burmese border and brought back. After being held for two and half years, Bao Zhuoxuan was finally allowed to leave China early this year to study in Australia. While he has not spoken about his experiences, his mother Wang Yu spoke out for the first time in a recent interview with The Epoch Times. The following excerpts were translated by China Change and edited for clarity.

709 Crackdown Three Years on: Mother and Lawyer Reveals Brutality Against Her Teenage Son for the First Time






China: Professor Who Called on Chinese President To Resign Faces Subversion Trial

June 28, 2018

Zi Su, a former professor at a ruling Chinese Communist Party school, in an undated photo.

Authorities in the southwestern province of Sichuan are moving ahead with the subversion trial of a former professor at a ruling Chinese Communist Party school, although a date has yet to be set for the trial, RFA has learned.

Zi Su was taken away from his home in Sichuan’s provincial capital Chengdu on Apr. 28, 2017, after he posted an open letter online calling on Chinese President Xi Jinping to step down as head of the party in favor of Hu Deping, son of late ousted Premier Hu Yaobang, whose death in 1989 sparked the student-led Tiananmen Square protests.

He was initially held on suspicion of “incitement to subvert state power,” but the charge was changed to the more serious “subversion of state power.”

Lawyers attended Zi’s pretrial hearing at the Chengdu Intermediate People’s Court on Tuesday, his defense attorney Ran Tong told RFA.

The defense is calling for an open trial, but the authorities have yet to make a decision on this or on the trial date.

Zi plans to plead “not guilty” to the charges. However, defendants in China’s judicial system who refuse to make “confessions” that are often broadcast by state-run media typically receive much harsher sentences.

Zi also wrote that Xi had launched an “unbridled attack” on rights lawyers and democracy activists, as well as on online freedom of expression.

He said the president’s much-vaunted anti-corruption campaign had been selective, and “waged under a one-party dictatorship.”

Most of all, Zi hit out at the “seven taboos,” a list of things never to be discussed in public life, which were the subject of party Document No. 9, which veteran political journalist Gao Yu was jailed for “leaking overseas.”

They are: universal values of human rights and democratic, constitutional government, press freedom, civil society, citizens’ rights, the historical mistakes of the Chinese Communist Party, the financial and political elite, and judicial independence.





China: Chinese Rights Lawyer ‘Forcibly Medicated’ in Prison: Family

June 27, 2018

Imprisoned Chinese rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong is shown in a file photo.

Jailed Chinese human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong is being forced to take an “unidentified medicine” in prison, according to his U.S.-based wife.

Last week, Jiang’s father Jiang Lianghou visited his son in the Henan No. 2 Prison, where he is serving a two-year jail term  imprisonment after pleading guilty to “incitement to subvert state power” at what his family said was a show trial.

The elder Jiang, who is himself under continuous surveillance by China’s state security police, arrived at the prison on Friday, his second visit since his son was transferred there from a police-run detention center in April.

He reported back on “terrible” conditions at the jail, with Jiang only allowed to take his allotted exercise in the corridors, not in the open air, Jiang’s wife Jin Bianling told RFA.

Jiang is also being prevented from buying basic necessities using funds topped up by his family for that purpose, and from receiving clothing parcels from his relatives, she said.

But most worrying of all is that prison guards are forcing him to take an unidentified medication twice daily, and his memory has deteriorated considerably as a result, Jin said.

“He has to take medication twice a day,” she said. “When [his father] asked what the medication was, he said he didn’t know.”

“His father felt that there was a marked deterioration in his memory,” Jin said.




https://www.rfa.org/cantonese/news/jiang-06272018074300.html?encoding=traditional (CHINESE)

China/USA: Second Hong Kong film on mainland China’s ‘709’ human rights crackdown shows lives of families seeking asylum in US

June 24, 2018

Documentary produced by two local journalists marks third anniversary of July 9 round-up in 2015 that involved more than 300 people

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On a late summer night in 2017, a Chinese asylum seeker sat alone on the stairs of her home in California, battling insomnia and depression, thinking to herself that perhaps her troubles would end if she died in a car crash.

But Jin Bianling – the wife of human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong, who has been jailed in Henan, mainland China, following the so-called 709 crackdown – has not given up on making speeches and giving testimony in the United States to seek help for her husband.

Jin’s plight and thoughts, along with other untold stories of how several “709 wives” escaped China with their young children to seek asylum in the US, are documented in a film produced by two independent Hong Kong journalists to mark the third anniversary of the crackdown in July 9, 2015.

More than 300 human rights lawyers, activists and their family members have been arrested, detained, prosecuted or imprisoned over the past three years.

Jiang was convicted and jailed for two years for “inciting subversion of state power” in 2017 – nine months after he was secretly arrested.

Titled 709 The Other Shore, the two-hour documentary, to be released in July, is the second one on the subject produced by Lo King-wah and Kong King-chu, who spent three years interviewing and filming more than 20 individuals caught in the crackdown.


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China: Interview with Chinese Human Rights Lawyer Wang Yu on Fighting the Good Fight

June 20, 2018

As all mothers do, Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Yu wanted to protect her child. But she couldn’t—not in China, she explained.

Speaking to The Epoch Times, Wang recounted how the Chinese authorities tried to silence her by threatening her son’s well-being, an experience she calls “the most terrifying experience” of her life.

In 2008, Wang was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for seeking legal redress against local authorities. The experience made her realize “the darkness of justice and arrogance of power” in China—and that was when she found her calling in representing dissidents and minority groups.

Most recently, on June 8, Chinese authorities in the Inner Mongolian city of Ulanhot have banned Wang from traveling abroad and refused to allow her to renew her passport. The authorities told her she is now considered a threat to national security.




China/Taiwan/EU: EU urged to confront China at summit

June 17, 2018

OPEN LETTER:‘The EU’s broad and principled commitment to promoting human rights has not been matched in China with a willingness to act,’ the letter said

Ahead of next month’s EU-China summit, the Taiwan Association for Human Rights on Wednesday joined US government-funded non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch and several other international advocacy groups in issuing an open letter to EU officials to raise public awareness about the “growing human rights crisis” in China.

The coalition of groups urged the EU to fulfill its pledge to promote human rights globally by repeatedly calling for the release of political prisoners detained by the Chinese government, including poet Liu Xia (劉霞), the widow of journalist Liu Xiaobo (劉曉波), and Taiwanese human rights advocate Lee Ming-che (李明哲).

The letter is addressed to European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker ahead of the July 12 to 13 summit, Taiwan Association for Human Rights secretary-general Chiu E-ling (邱伊翎) said yesterday.

Just weeks after last year’s summit, Chinese authorities ignored an international outcry, including pressure from several EU member states, and denied the wish of late 2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo to leave China to seek medical treatment for liver cancer.

The letter also called on the EU to pressure China for the release of human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang (王全璋), Uighur academic Ilham Tohti, Tibetan-language education advocate Tashi Wangchuk and other people China has charged with crimes not recognized elsewhere in the international community, or detained for simply taking steps toward protecting human rights.






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https://www.ifex.org/china/2018/06/30/eu-china-summit/fr/ (FRANCAIS)

China/USA: Exiled in the U.S., a Lawyer Warns of ‘China’s Long Arm’

June 15, 2018

From his suburban home in New Jersey, Teng Biao has watched in frustration as what he sees as the apologies to China from Western companies have come fast and furious this year.

First, there was the hotel chain Marriott International, which apologized to the Chinese government in January for having sent out a customer survey listing Tibet, Hong Kong, Macau and the self-governing island of Taiwan as separate territories, a violation of the Communist Party canon that raised the ire of some Chinese citizens.

Then there was Gap Inc., which posted a message to the Chinese apologizing for a T-shirt with a map of China that ignited similar criticism. And in May, Air Canada on its website began listing Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, as a part of Communist-ruled China, which the Taiwanese reject.

For Mr. Teng, one of China’s pre-eminent civil rights lawyers, it all amounted to craven behavior from Western companies trying to stay in the good graces of Chinese officials and citizens to maintain access to the enormous consumer market in China.




https://theinitium.com/article/20180605-taiwan-teng-biao/ (MANDARIN)

https://www.internazionale.it/notizie/gabriele-battaglia/2018/06/05/cina-sparizioni-forzate (ITALIANO)