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China/HRW: Release Human Rights Lawyers

February 15, 2018

Relatives of lawyers and activists detained in the “709” crackdown protest in front of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate in Beijing, China, July 7, 2017.

The Chinese government should immediately release human rights lawyers who have been detained or imprisoned on baseless subversion charges, Human Rights Watch said today. Authorities should also end the practice of revoking or suspending licenses of lawyers and law firms on political grounds.

In February 2018, authorities stripped human rights lawyer Sui Muqing of his license for allegedly violating “courtroom etiquette,” and canceled the registration of the Wutian Law Firm for its refusal to participate in a politicized review process.

“Not only is the Chinese government still holding some rights lawyers and activists rounded up in the July 2015 crackdown, it’s disbarring others as a crude way to intimidate the group,” said Sophie Richardson, China director. “This endless persecution of the legal profession exposes the absurdity of China’s claim to uphold the ‘rule of law.’”

Since August 2017, authorities have revoked or suspended the licenses to practice of several human rights lawyers. They have also canceled the registration of one law firm. One lawyer has been detained on subversion charges:

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/02/15/china-release-human-rights-lawyers

https://www.lawyersweekly.com.au/wig-chamber/22745-ibahri-calls-on-xi-jinping-to-end-persecution-of-lawyers

https://www.themaven.net/humanrightsfoundation/asia-pacific/chinese-lawyers-pen-open-letter-in-protest-of-professional-persecution-Rx4A0_0jb0KH6E7Zo5L7gQ

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/visit-02152018122718.html

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/chinese-lawyers-pen-open-letter-in-protest-of-professional-persecution-02152018094213.html

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/human-rights-lawyer-sui-muqing-disbarred

https://www.hrw.org/fr/news/2018/02/15/chine-liberer-les-avocats-specialises-dans-la-defense-des-droits-humains (FRANCAIS)

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China: Dear Lawyer Wang Quanzhang

February 15, 2018

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今天是王全璋律師的42歲生日,這是他自2015年8月3日以來,在羈押中度過的第三個生日,919天以來,王律師毫無音訊,不但未能與家人見上一面,連由家人委任的法律代表亦未獲準會見 。

王律師被指控 “顛覆國家安全” 罪,2017年2月14日被正式起訴後至今未有審訊日期。

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

https://www.rfa.org/english/women/liwenzu-husband-01252018145557.html

http://www.chrlawyers.hk/en/content/wang-quanzhang

China: From Policeman to Lawyer to Fisherman to ‘Criminal’: The Tortuous Road of a Human Rights Lawyer

February 12, 2017

Chen Wuquan, composite

On February 9, lawyer Chen Wuquan (陈武权) was criminally detained with five villagers on an island off the coast of Zhanjiang (湛江), on the southwest peninsular of Guangdong Province. He was not a lawyer representing clients in a land rights defense case, as one may assume. Instead, he was a disbarred lawyer living at home in his village, leading an effort against forced demolition, illegal land reclamation, and the logging of redwoods along the beach. The group of six had petitioned on behalf of the village, and the police responded by detaining them for “obstructing the start of construction.”

On February 11, Chen Wuquan’s family received notice of his criminal detention.

Before he led villagers to protest illegal reclamation, he had anticipated what might befall him and authorized the China Human Rights Lawyers Group, of which he is a member, to defend him. He briefly told his story as follows:

I was born on China’s fifth largest island, Donghai Island, in the village of Diaoluocun (东海岛调逻村).

Our village is in the northeast of the island, and features an expanse of beautiful beaches, mudflats, and mangroves. It’s a popular tourist destination. Donghai’s tidal flats are not only beautiful, but also highly fertile, producing an abundance of sea snails, oysters, shrimps, lingula [a kind of mussel], and more. This natural abundance has provided for Diaoluocun villagers for over 700 years. When I was four or five, I remember my mother taking me to the seaside to catch fish and shrimp and dig up sea snails and mussels. Only after beginning senior high school and moving to the city did I start to drift away from the ocean.

In 1998 after graduating from police college, I worked as a police officer in Zhanjiang. In 2004, I was given an internal Communist Party warning over the “4.25 Incident.”*

On April 25, 2005, I decided to leave my government job and become a lawyer. I focused my energies on preparing for the bar exam, and in September of that year scored 360 on the test. In March 2006 I became a lawyer.

From Policeman to Lawyer to Fisherman to ‘Criminal’: The Tortuous Road of a Human Rights Lawyer

http://www.chrlawyers.hk/en/content/chen-wuquan

https://www.ibanet.org/Article/NewDetail.aspx?ArticleUid=57098790-0ba1-46ad-97ff-afd0a14cf866

http://www.afr.com/news/world/michael-kirby-calls-out-china-for-targeting-human-rights-lawyers-20180213-h0w060

Maldives: Ex-Leader, Judges Wanted To Overthrow Government

February 12, 2018

Maldives Officials Are Accusing Two Arrested Supreme Court Justices And A Former President Of Plotting To Overthrow The Government

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Maldives officials are accusing two arrested Supreme Court justices and a former president of plotting to overthrow the government. They say police have found more than USD 200,000 in suspicious money in searches since a state of emergency was declared last week in the tourist haven.

A presidential statement yesterday said ex-President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom had bribed officials and judges and encouraged riots. It said he and the justices were “attempting to overthrow the government.” Opposition leaders rejected the accusations, saying President Yameen Abdul Gayoom is trying to weaken his political opponents.

Political chaos has shaken the government since the Supreme Court ordered that a group of imprisoned opposition leaders be freed. The government pushed back, eventually declaring a state of emergency and arresting the two justices, Gayoom and other politicians.

https://www.mid-day.com/articles/maldives-ex-leader-judges-wanted-to-overthrow-government/19056175

http://www.menafn.com/1096456836/UN-group-says-rule-of-law-under-siege-in-Maldives

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/659180/china-rejects-allegations-land-grabbing.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2018/02/12/how-is-trade-with-china-related-to-the-state-of-emergency-in-maldives-heres-what-you-need-to-know/?utm_term=.bce9e32699d8

http://www.thedailystar.net/world/north-america/rule-law-under-siege-maldives-1533991

http://www.nycbar.org/media-listing/media/detail/new-york-city-bar-association-issues-statement-on-the-state-of-emergency-in-the-maldives-including-the-arrest-of-two-supreme-court-justices

http://www.supremecourt.gov.mv/eng/?decision=eng

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

Maldives: India seeks UN fact-finding panel for Maldives

February 10, 2018

Maldives Prisoners

India has urged the UN to send a fact-finding mission to Maldives and impressed countries to ask their judiciaries to support chief justice of the Maldives supreme court who has been imprisoned by the President following the order to release Opposition leaders.

The United Nations Security Council had held a meeting on Thursday to discuss the current political crisis in Maldives. Ahead of the meeting, UN Assistant Secretary, General Miroslav Jenca, reported to have informed the co ..

Officials in New Delhi indicated that India has also approached various countries to direct respective judiciaries to support chief justice of Maldives in this hour of crisis. There are reports that the chief justice is under duress and is being tortured in prison. India is also advising various other countries who have not used travel advisories to issue such to pressure the Yameen government with tourism being the mainstay of the Maldivian economy.

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/india-seeks-un-fact-finding-panel-for-maldives/articleshow/62858133.cms

https://theconversation.com/maldives-crisis-a-bitter-religious-divide-comes-to-the-fore-91455

https://www.ft.com/content/b8399c4c-0d97-11e8-8eb7-42f857ea9f09

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/maldives-crisis-arrested-indian-journalist-will-be-deported-today-says-officials-1810957

https://www.trtworld.com/asia/how-a-sleepy-holiday-paradise-got-embroiled-in-a-political-mess-15026

https://www.modernghana.com/news/834236/kofi-annan-on-the-crisis-in-maldives.html

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1631044/1-pakistan-not-support-emergency-maldives-envoy-told/

https://avas.mv/en/44536

https://avas.mv/en/44548

https://raajje.mv/en/news/26728

http://www.sundayguardianlive.com/opinion/12694-modi-must-restore-democracy-maldives

https://www.indiatvnews.com/news/india-pakistan-refuses-to-interfere-in-maldives-domestic-affairs-427153

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/world/maldives-crisis-our-internal-matter/541936.html

https://avas.mv/en/44606

https://avas.mv/en/44621

http://www.thedailystar.net/opinion/global-affairs/the-unfolding-political-crisis-maldives-1533106

https://avas.mv/en/44625

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

http://www.supremecourt.gov.mv/eng/?decision=eng

China: Video: The victims of China’s forced disappearances

February 9, 2018

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In China, the authorities go to great lengths to control civil society, even resorting to forced disappearances. Since President Xi Jinping came to power in 2013, political opponents have gone missing every month. Sometimes without any form of judicial process, they are sent to secret prisons where they remain locked up for months or even years, without anyone ever finding out what happened to them. FRANCE 24 investigates China’s forced disappearances.

On July 9, 2015, nearly 300 lawyers and human rights activists were arrested, interrogated and imprisoned in China. Some ended up in “black jails”: untraceable places, completely cut off from the outside world, where they were detained in secret.

This massive purge, targeting all those who denounced and challenged the authoritarian excesses of the Chinese Communist Party, was called the “709 incident”. According to some experts, it was Beijing’s worst crackdown on civil society since the Tiananmen Square massacre on June 4, 1989.

Since then, some of the “709 incident” activists have been released, but other dissidents have faced the ire of the Chinese authorities, sometimes even beyond its borders.

After a three-month investigation, several victims of these purges, family members of those missing and some of the few remaining pro-democracy activists in China agreed to speak to us on camera. They recounted the abductions, harassment and torture that they have been subjected to.

FRANCE 24 brings you the harrowing story of the missing people and activists that Xi Jinping’s China is so keen to silence.

http://www.france24.com/en/20180209-video-reporters-victims-china-forced-disappearances

https://chinachange.org/tag/709-crackdown/

http://eng.the-liberty.com/2018/7088/

http://www.france24.com/fr/20180209-reporters-video-chine-trace-disparus-pouvoir-prisonniers-politiques-xi-jinping-opposants (FRANCAIS)

http://www.telerama.fr/television/en-chine,-france-24-a-enquete-sur-les-kidnappings-legaux-dopposants-au-pouvoir,n5478658.php (FRANCAIS)

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Gao Zhisheng is one of China’s most respected human rights lawyers who has been subjected to enforced disappearance, torture, illegal house arrest and detention over the years.

Take action now to call on Chinese authorities to disclose Gao Zhisheng’s whereabouts.>>>www.amnesty.org.au/act-now/china-release-human-rights-lawyer/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20180124_JanNewsletter&utm_content=20180124_JanNewsletter+CID_b5972488a2c78ced77959e1fd634e974&utm_source=CM&utm_term=ACT+NOW

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China: Family of Detained Chinese Rights Lawyer Denied Visit, Details of His Location

February 5, 2018

File photo of lawyer Yu Wensheng, who had taken up politically sensitive human rights cases and was taken away from his Beijing home by around a dozen police officers on Jan. 19, 2017.

The family members of detained Chinese human rights lawyer Yu Wensheng, who is currently detained on suspicion of subversion, have been denied permission to visit him, while another prominent rights lawyer is fighting a decision to have him debarred from the profession, RFA has learned.

Yu was placed under criminal detention on Jan. 20, on suspicion of “obstructing public servants in the course of their duties,” but has since been transferred from Beijing to Xuzhou city in the eastern province of Jiangsu on a more serious charge of “incitement to subvert state power.”

His family traveled to Xuzhou in the hope of paying him a visit, but were denied permission by the local police department, Yu’s wife Xu Yan told RFA.

“We went to the Tongshan district police department in Xuzhou and asked to visit Yu Wensheng, and for contact details for the officer in charge of his case so we could find out more about his case,” Xu said.

“Two police officers came out, and told us we’d have an answer regarding our request for a meeting within 48 hours, but that they’d have to ask what to do regarding the officer in charge of the case,” she said. “So today, we still have no result on either of these things.”

Xu said she had also asked the address of the place where Yu is currently being held under “residential surveillance.”

“They didn’t tell me,” she said. “As his relative, I wanted to deposit some money for Yu to use, but they wouldn’t let me do that either.”

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/lawyer-02052018114833.html

https://macaudailytimes.com.mo/yu-wensheng-germany-urges-release-detained-human-rights-lawyer.html

http://www.advocatenvooradvocaten.nl/13165/china-lawyer-yu-wensheng-loses-his-license-and-is-arrested/