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China: China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group: Human rights lawyer Lu Siwei receives notification from Chengdu All China Lawyers Association’s Disciplinary Committee

October 21, 2019

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Sichuan Human rights lawyer Lu Siwei received a notification from Chengdu All China Lawyers Association’s Disciplinary Committee for allegedly violating rules while accepting to represent a defendant of a human rights case, and thus will be subjected to disciplinary punishment.

Lawyer Lu specializes in finance laws and criminal defense, and at the same time, took up human rights cases; he was notably among the lawyers who were set to represent one of the defendants in the June 4th Wine Bottle Case and the Pengxi County land seizure case. The disciplinary punishment issues by the Lawyers Association is likely to be associated with Lawyer Lu taking on the case of Lawyer Chen Jiahong, who has been suspected of committing “incitement to subvert state power.”

Lawyer Chen’s charge was probably based on his calligraphy piece against “the evil bureaucracy” and encouraging democracy which he created in April this year, leading to his detainment in Guangxi’s Yulin Detention Center, where Lawyer Lu visited him on 9th May. At the same time, a list of lawyers defending Lawyer Chen began circulating online, which triggered the Chengdu Municipal Bureau of Justice to call for Lawyer Lu to return to Chengdu as soon as possible, and to notify the staff at his law firm not to sign any contract of authorization.

The next day (10th May), the Chengdu Municipal Bureau of Justice received evidence from the Sichuan Department of Justice regarding Lawyer Lu possibly violating professional ethics and the disciplinary code, thus referring the case to the Chengdu All China Lawyers Association. On 4th June, the Lawyers Association’s Disciplinary Committee started investigating the allegations and found that Lawyer Lu violated rules when taking up a case, therefore planning on disciplinary punishment.

China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group: Human rights lawyer Lu Siwei receives notification from Chengdu All China Lawyers Association’s Disciplinary Committee

【盧思位律師聽證會】

星期一下午兩點,盧思位律師在成都市法律服務中心出席了有關他涉嫌違反律師執業規範,而受成都律師協會懲戒的聽證會。此懲處懷疑因代理廣西陳家鴻律師涉嫌煽動顛覆國家政權案一事所致。成都市律師協會懲戒監督委員會進行了開庭調查,指盧律師「違規接案」,擬對盧律師進行訓誡處分,更長達三個月不向盧律師發出年檢備案。

當天,美、德、加、英等四國駐成都領事官員都到了聽證會現場旁聽。入場後,主持人表示會議室旁聽人員太多,自己覺得不安全,要求限制旁聽人數為5個人。聽證庭沒有當庭作出決定,表示將提交懲戒委員會討論。

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【Lawyer Lu Siwei’s Hearing】
At 2pm on Monday, Lawyer Lu Siwei attended a hearing regarding his alleged misconduct and consequent punishment by the Chengdu All China Lawyers Association at the Chengdu Legal Aid Centre.

The disciplinary punishment is likely associated with Lawyer Lu taking on the case of Lawyer Chen Jiahong, who has been suspected of committing “incitement to subvert state power.” The Lawyers Association’s Disciplinary Committee started investigating the allegations, and found that Lawyer Lu violated rules when taking up a case, therefore planning on disciplinary punishment, in addition to not allowing Lawyer Lu to pass the annual inspection for up to three months for the same reason.

Staff from the Consulate Generals of the USA, Germany, Canada, and the UK attended the hearing, but the moderator stated a fear for his own safety after their entry, saying that there were too many people in the meeting room, and requested that the members of the audience be limited to five only. A decision regarding Lawyer Lu has yet to be made, as it will be debated by the Chengdu All China Lawyers Association’s Disciplinary Committee.

#盧思位 #LuSiwei #聽證會 #人太多 #陳家鴻 #ChenJiahong #人權律師

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China: ‘If We Give up on Our Husbands Today, Tomorrow Our Children Will Be Ashamed of Us’

October 17, 2019

How the Spouses of Lawyers Arrested in the 709 Crackdown Became Activists

In June, Li Wenzu, the wife of jailed Chinese rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang, was able to make her first visit to her husband since his imprisonment in 2015 as part of what was called the “709 crackdown.” Afterward, Li wrote a public statement about the visit, describing her husband’s precarious mental and physical health and the heartbreak of seeing him so diminished. “It has been four years, he looks like a programmed dull stick, he didn’t even turn around and look at us again.”

The following story, written by longtime legal affairs journalist Jiang Xue, describes the quest of Li and other family members of imprisoned Chinese lawyers to advocate on behalf of their husbands. Jiang reported it over half a year, extensively interviewing Li and other family members of detained lawyers, including Li’s close friend Wang Qiaoling. The story first appeared in Chinese in the Hong Kong-based publication Initium in December 2018. It has been adapted for ChinaFile and was translated by Eleanor Goodman.

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This is a story about fear and the attempt to conquer fear. The wives of some of the lawyers who disappeared in China’s “709” crackdown have suffered house arrest, threats, and suppression. In their search to find their husbands, they hope no longer to be mere “political dissidents,” and instead to mature into self-aware women and citizens.

In 2018, China’s national holiday occurred during the week of October 1 to 7. Li Wenzu had just finished watching a season of the very popular television historical drama Story of Yanxi Palace. Her husband had been arrested three years before, and this was the first time she had sat down and watched the drama like an ordinary housewife might. “My son and I just enjoyed ourselves, which is what Quanzhang would have wanted,” she told me.

Her husband, Wang Quanzhang, a human rights lawyer born in 1976 in Shandong, was arrested by Chinese authorities on July 10, 2015. He had been imprisoned for three years and three months without his case going to trial. (Only on December 26, 2018 was his case finally heard in a Tianjin court.) In January, he was convicted of subversion of state power and sentenced to four and a half years in prison.

Before July 12, 2018, Li often worried that her husband was no longer alive. After his arrest in July 2015, she had heard no news at all of him, aside from government-appointed lawyer Chen Youxi’s claim to have seen him.

http://www.chinafile.com/reporting-opinion/postcard/if-we-give-our-husbands-today-tomorrow-our-children-will-be-ashamed-of-us

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/health-10182019122012.html

https://freedomhouse.org/article/china-70th-anniversary-people-s-republic-china-marks-somber-occasion

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

https://www.amnesty.ch/fr/themes/defenseurs-des-droits-humains/libre/liberte-pour-wang-quanzhang (SIGNEZ LA PETITION!)

https://www.acatfrance.fr/actualite/justice-pour-wang-meiyu–decede-dans-les-geoles-chinoises (FRANCAIS)

https://agendamagasin.no/kommentarer/xi-strammer-70-ar-diktatur/ (NORWEGIAN)

China/Hong Kong: Chinese lawyer Chen Qiushi, censured over Hong Kong social media posts, vows to keep speaking out

October 16, 2019

In his first online video for more than a month Chen Qiushi (left) expressed his thanks to MMA fighter Xu Xiaodong (right) for his support. Photo: Handout

A Chinese rights lawyer who says he was harassed and silenced by mainland authorities after reporting on the Hong Kong protests in August made his social media return at the weekend in a video in which he vowed to continue to speak out on the issue.
Chen Qiushi

–– who had 740,000 followers on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like platform, before his account was deleted – had been out of the public eye since making the broadcasts in which he challenged state media reports that the people leading the protests in the city were rioters and separatists.

Most of those involved were peaceful, the 34 year old said. “Not all of them are rioters.”

Days later, he was called back to Beijing under pressure from mainland authorities. All of his social media accounts were deleted and his video broadcasts disappeared along with them.

But the Beijing-based lawyer and online commentator made his comeback on Sunday when a video he said was made in the northern coastal city of Qingdao on October 2 was shared on Weibo.

“Since coming back from Hong Kong, I’ve been taken to meetings with officials from many departments,” he said, adding that the film was the first he had made since returning to the mainland.

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3033215/chinese-lawyer-chen-qiushi-censured-over-hong-kong-social-media

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/10/03/china-release-supporters-hong-kong-protests

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3033250/norwegian-lawmaker-nominates-hongkongers-2020-nobel-peace

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3027926/editor-nationalist-global-times-writes-personal-blog

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/09/29/house-arrests-pigeon-bans-china-ups-repression-dissidents-ahead/

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/11/we-cant-do-anything-china-accused-of-muffling-voices-of-hong-kong-supporters

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3023796/chinese-human-rights-lawyer-chen-qiushi-missing-after-return

http://www.businessinsider.fr/us/chen-qiushi-simon-cheng-china-crackdown-hong-kong-2019-8

China: China Detains Brother of Top Law Professor Over ‘Terrorist’ Video

October 7, 2019

He Weitong, a Chinese legal researcher being held under criminal detention in Beijing on suspicion of "disseminating extremist, terrorist content," in undated photo.

Authorities in the Chinese capital have detained the brother of a prominent legal scholar after he posted an Islamic State video to social media in protest at a recent visit to Beijing by the Taliban.

He Weitong, younger brother of Peking University law professor He Weifang, is being held under criminal detention in Beijing on suspicion of “disseminating extremist, terrorist content,” his friends said.

He was detained after posting a 10-second clip of Islamic State militants executing unarmed civilians on Sept. 12, a friend who gave only his surname Zhang told RFA.

“He was taken into criminal detention on Sept. 30,” Zhang said. “They are holding him on suspicion of disseminating terrorism and possessing terrorist content.”

He Weifang only commented briefly when contacted by RFA on Monday.

“There are a lot of media reports saying, wrongly, that he was detained because of his association with me, but that’s not what’s happening at all,” he said, adding that the police had likely “made a mistake.”

“I didn’t see anything in his [online] comments that would justify treating him in this way,” he said, adding that his own WeChat had been permanently shut down by the authorities ahead of the 70th anniversary National Day celebrations on Oct. 1.

Zhang said He Weitong, who works in legal publishing, is very familiar with Chinese law, and couldn’t be further from supporting terrorism.

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/video-terrorist-10072019154204.html

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

China: Human rights lawyer and Chinese citizen controlled by SWAT team members

September 25, 2019

Authorities controlled human rights lawyer Xie Yang and a Chinese citizen, Chen Yanhui, this evening when they were discussing the Sept. 23 death of Wang Meiyu, a prisoner who died in the Hengyang Detention Center.

In the middle of Xie and Chen’s conversation at the Shennong Hotel in Hengyang, Hunan, six armed SWAT team members rushed in and contained them. Plainclothes police and hotel employees watched the room’s doorway, while the SWAT team members handled the staircase.

Xie’s wife, Chen Guiqiu, noted on social media that he was still being controlled as of 1:16 a.m. on Sept. 26 Beijing time. Her attempts to contact him have been unsuccessful, leading her to believe he is still being restricted by the officials.

Xie was previously taken into police custody for his human rights work on July 11, 2015, as part of a nationwide crackdown on rights attorneys known colloquially as the “709 Incident.” During Xie’s time in prison, he revealed that he had been tortured and that the lawyers appointed by his family were prevented from meeting him numerous times. To combat these accusations, China launched a propaganda campaign, claiming the reports were false. They also forced Xie Yang to deny his torture allegations during his trial.Prior to his trial, Xie made a written declaration stating that he was not guilty of subversion, the charge which authorities used to imprison him, and said he would not plead guilty unless it was for the sake of his family or because of torture.

https://www.chinaaid.org/2019/09/human-rights-lawyer-and-chinese-citizen.html

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/08/china-puts-leading-human-rights-lawyer-on-trial-for-inciting-subversion

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/profile/xie-yang

https://www.hrichina.org/en/defenders/xie-yang

https://www.voacantonese.com/a/chinese-human-rights-lawyer-xie-yang/5099363.html (CANTONESE)

N.B. UPDATE 26/09/19:

Lawyer Xie Yang and HRD Chen Yanhui were finally released at 15:00 today 26 September after 14 hours of arbitrary detention in their hotel rooms. The truth of Wang Meiyu’s death remains to be investigated.

謝陽律師和公民陳燕慧在9月26日下午3:00左右已經被釋放, 目前安全。此前他們被非法控制長達14個小時。王美余的死亡真相, 仍有待調查。

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【709人權律師謝陽 被特警通宵控制在房間內】

#UPDATE: 已經成功聯絡謝陽律師與陳燕慧,兩人已經脫離國保的控制

昨晚23:20 謝陽律師及公民陳燕慧在湖南省衡陽市神龍大酒店商量「公民王美余9月23日於衡陽看守所離奇死亡」一案, 突然被衝進來的6名荷槍特警限制在房間裡。

至現時仍然無法聯繫兩人,電話沒有人接聽。王美余家屬亦未能被聯繫上,電話均已停機。
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【Chinese 709 Human Rights Lawyer Xie Yang Detained by Armed Police in Hotel Room】

#UPDATE: We have gotten in touch with Lawyer Xie and Chen, they are both now safe

At 23:20 yesterday evening, Lawyer Xie Yang and citizen Chen Yanhui were discussing the case of the sudden death of citizen Wang Meiyu at Hengyang Detention Centre, which took place on 23rd September. Six armed police officer bursted in and detained the two inside the room.

We have yet to be able to contact Xie and Chen, with calls to their phones going unanswered. We are also unable to contact the family members of Wang Meiyu, as their phones are all out of service.

(China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group / 中國維權律師關注組 Facebook, 26/09/19)

China: Harassment of human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong must stop, say UN experts

September 24, 2019

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UN human rights experts* have called upon China to immediately end harassment and surveillance of prominent human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong.

Mr. Jiang was initially forcibly disappeared for a period and then sentenced in November 2017 to two years in prison for inciting subversion of State power. He was released in February this year.

“Despite his release, Mr. Jiang is not a free man. He remains under constant surveillance by the authorities and his movement is severely restricted. He continues to be punished, along with his family and friends, with harassment and intimidation by the authorities,” said the experts. They noted that while this is being done on the ground that he has been deprived of his political rights for three years, such treatment is both gratuitously punitive and legally unjustified.

The experts also expressed concern about Mr. Jiang’s lack of access to appropriate medical care, especially in view of his deteriorating health. “As a result of ill-treatment in prison, he reportedly suffers from high blood pressure, memory loss, poor vision, and swollen legs and feet which hinder his mobility. However, he has not been allowed to see a doctor of his own choice to seek appropriate medical care,” said the experts.

UN human rights experts had previously condemned Mr. Jiang’s conviction and expressed concern that his confession may have been coerced by the use of torture. They also raised concern that his enforced disappearance and conviction may have occurred, at least in part, in reprisal for his cooperation with the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, during his visit to China in August 2016. The Secretary-General has also noted allegations of continued reprisals against Mr. Jiang, in his latest report on reprisals against those who cooperate with the United Nations.

https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=25046&LangID=E

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/jiang-tianyong-09052019145211.html

https://www.thedailystar.net/opinion/global-affairs/news/inside-the-unexpected-unstoppable-hong-kong-1789921

http://www.ishr.ch/news/hrc42-l-china-must-end-all-forms-enforced-disappearance

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

https://www.ohchr.org/CH/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=25046&LangID=C (CHINESE)

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

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UN/China/Iran/Egypt etc: Many states inflict ‘serious cruelty’ on rights activists – U.N

September 19, 2019

Many states inflict 'serious cruelty' on rights activists - U.N

One-quarter of U.N. member states have carried out suspected reprisals against activists who cooperate with the world body on human rights issues, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Thursday.

China, Egypt, Iran, and Vietnam were among states named in his annual report who rejected the allegations during a two-hour debate at the U.N. Human Rights Council.

“Acts of serious cruelty have continuously been reported against those who dare to come to the UN or share information with us – incommunicado detention, torture and ill-treatment, prolonged solitary confinement, and even deaths in custody,” Andrew Gilmour, U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, told the Geneva forum in presenting the report.

Their family members, legal representatives, and witnesses were also being targeted, he said.

In China, activists and lawyers reported having been “targeted for attending training sessions” or engaging with U.N. human rights instruments, the report said.

“Reprisals reportedly included detention and prison sentences, ill-treatment while in detention, seizure of property and surveillance,” it said.

It cited five cases including human rights lawyer Liu Zhengqing whom the government said in January had been disbarred on the grounds that his public defence statements had endangered national security.

https://www.euronews.com/2019/09/19/many-states-inflict-serious-cruelty-on-rights-activists-un

https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/09/1046832

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/09/19/un-human-rights-council-should-address-chronic-reprisals-egypt