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China/Hong Kong: Mainland Chinese university bars two Hong Kong human rights lawyers from teaching regular course there

August 27, 2018

In response Bar Association pulls regular course at Peking University, which has been running since 2011

A mainland Chinese university blocked two Hong Kong human rights lawyers from teaching a course delivered by the city’s Bar Association earlier this year, and told the group’s chairman not to attend a course ceremony, it has emerged.

The association – the city’s top legal professional body – responded by pulling the course at Peking University, Beijing, indefinitely.

Philip Dykes, who was elected association chairman this January, revealed the news in a circular to his members on Monday, as the Post learned separately that the group’s regular Beijing meet-up with officials and judges would probably not happen this year.

A source said the two barristers Peking University objected to were human rights lawyer Hectar Pun and Cheung Yiu-leung, vice-chairman of the China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group. They were not allowed to teach the common law course and asked to be replaced, despite having done so for several years. Both have not replied to Post requests for comment.

But a few other members from the group who had also taught on the month-long programme, which ran annually at the university from 2011, were not blacklisted. The course still went ahead this year.

Dykes revealed he was not allowed to attend the closing ceremony of the course in Beijing in June, which he had intended to join to “get to the bottom of the refusal” of the two members continuing their lectures.

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2161531/mainland-chinese-university-bars-two-hong-kong-human-rights

https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/08/27/hong-kong-bar-assoc-axes-peking-university-legal-course-two-members-barred-teaching/

https://www.theepochtimes.com/persecuted-chinese-lawyer-gao-zhisheng-awarded-shahbaz-bhatti-freedom-award_2636585.html

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/08/29/china-and-human-rights-australia-making-difference

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/dissidents-08302018175754.html

https://www.theepochtimes.com/interview-with-chinese-human-rights-lawyer-wang-yu-on-fighting-the-good-fight_2554757.html

http://english.pku.edu.cn/

http://www.chrlawyers.hk/en

https://www.acatfrance.fr/actualite/chine—dans-les-coulisses-des-confessions-televisees (FRANCAIS)

https://www.epochtimes.it/news/avvocato-e-madre-leterna-battaglia-per-i-diritti-umani-in-cina/ (ITALIANO)

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China: Hong Kong Marks Tiananmen Crackdown, as China Ignores Event

June 4, 2018

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy activists turned out in Hong Kong Monday to commemorate the 29th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing, observing an event that goes largely unmentioned in mainland China.

This year’s vigil focused on freeing “dissidents imprisoned or under home arrest” in addition to pushing for greater democracy in mainland China.

The protesters marking the Tiananmen anniversary in Hong Kong have seen their numbers dwindle in the years since the Occupy Central pro-democracy movement gripped Hong Kong in 2014. Organizers said as many as 180,000 people showed up to that year’s June 4 vigil — the police estimated the number to be roughly half that — but last year they estimated 110,000 people attended.

Heavy rains on Monday also limited this year’s turnout at the event, held annually in the semiautonomous territory.

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/31/china-answer-tiananmen-massacre-calls-justice

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180605_09/

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/anniversary-06042018115307.html

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2149245/june-4-vigil-turnout-beats-expectations-hong-kong-organisers

https://www.scmp.com/photos/today-photos/2149242/hongkongers-commemorate-29th-anniversary-tiananmen-square-crackdown

http://www.dw.com/en/tiananmen-anniversary-keeping-the-memory-of-the-massacre-alive/a-44070827

https://www.hrichina.org/en/node/21838

http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201806040032.aspx

https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/06/05/undeterred-legal-threat-hong-kongs-tiananmen-vigil-continues-tradition-condemning-chinas-one-party-dictatorship/

http://www.lefigaro.fr/international/2018/06/04/01003-20180604ARTFIG00090-les-etats-unis-veulent-la-verite-sur-les-fantomes-de-tiananmen.php (FRANCAIS)

#709lawyers #709crackdown

 

China/Taiwan/Hong Kong: Tiananmen commemorations planned for Monday

June 1, 2018

COUNTING THE DAYS:It has been 438 days since Lee Ming-che’s arrest in China and 1,000 days since Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang disappeared

A coalition of human rights groups yesterday said it would hold a series of events on Monday to mark the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre and called on people to stand up against Beijing’s human rights abuses.

China has over the past few years stepped up its suppression of human rights, targeting not only its citizens inside the country, but also Chinese nationals abroad and foreigners in China, Taiwan Association for Human Rights secretary-general Chiu Ee-ling (邱伊翎) said.

“China is no longer just trying to undermine Taiwan’s sovereignty — it is now a threat to global human rights,” she said.

It has been 438 days since Taiwanese democracy advocate Lee Ming-che (李明哲) was arrested in China and more than 1,000 days since Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang (王全璋) disappeared, she said, adding that Chinese poet Liu Xia (劉霞), the widow of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo (劉曉波), also remains under house arrest.

As China’s close neighbor, Taiwan must collaborate with the international community to make a stand against Beijing’s crackdown on human rights, she said.

In July 2015, during what later came to be known as the “709 crackdown,” Beijing arrested hundreds of human rights lawyers, many of whom were tortured, Taiwan Support China Human Rights Lawyers Network convener Kuo Chi-jen (郭吉仁) said.

“Following the crackdown, things have continued to worsen,” he said. “Since August last year, the government has suspended the licenses of 17 human rights lawyers. While most of them were involved in the ‘709 crackdown,’ some were suspended simply because they defended a Falun Gong practitioner.”

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2018/06/01/2003694112

https://www.hrichina.org/en/press-work/press-release/open-letter-xi-jinping-tiananmen-mothers?utm_source=HRIC%20Updates&utm_campaign=17b39ea2fa-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_05_31_10_32&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b537d30fde-17b39ea2fa-259223637

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/31/china-answer-tiananmen-massacre-calls-justice

https://www.hrichina.org/en/press-work/statement/international-community-must-support-tiananmen-mothers-press-official?utm_source=HRIC%20Updates&utm_campaign=9c5e34f65e-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_06_01_04_37&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b537d30fde-9c5e34f65e-259223637

https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/06/03/june-4-need-solidarity-peoples-oppose-one-party-dictatorship-china/

https://zh.amnesty.org/more-resources/june-fourth-tian-anmen-victims-family-seeking-justice/ (CHINESE)

https://www.hrichina.org/chs/xin-wen-gong-zuo/sheng-ming/guo-ji-she-hui-bi-xu-zhi-chi-tian-men-mu-qin-dun-cu-zhong-guo-dang-ju (CHINESE)

#709lawyers

#709crackdown

China/Hong Kong: Hong Kong group calls for release of China lawyers

January 31, 2018

China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group

A Hong Kong group has staged a rally calling for the release of Chinese human rights lawyers detained by mainland authorities.

Fifteen members from the China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group took to the streets on Tuesday.

They marched up to the Chinese government’s liaison office in the territory, chanting that the lawyers are not guilty. They demanded the release of Yu Wensheng and other Chinese human rights lawyers in front of the office.

Yu, a Beijing-based lawyer, was held under police custody on January 19th. He had posted an open letter that said the head of state should be chosen from multiple candidates in open elections. He is suspected of “inciting subversion of state power.”

In 2015, Chinese authorities took into custody or questioned more than 200 human rights and other activist lawyers. Chinese leaders are intensifying their crackdown on human rights lawyers in the past years.

The head of the support group, Albert Ho, said the group strongly protests such a prolonged crackdown. He pointed out that President Xi Jinping has been keeping people who oppose him under long detention periods, and they violate China’s Constitution.

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180131_09/

http://www.chrlawyers.hk/en

http://www.jurist.org/paperchase/2018/01/china-human-rights-lawyer-arrested-after-urging-for-democratic-reform.php

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/interview-i-came-to-live-a-life-free-from-surveillance-01302018095509.html

China/Hong Kong/USA: Human Rights in China Worsen as Beijing Extends Reach to Hong Kong: Report

October 6, 2017

US Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) (standing, center-R), chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, tells journalists that the commission will nominate jailed Hong Kong activists and the 2014 'Umbrella Movement' for the Nobel Peace Prize, in Washington, Oct. 5, 2017.

Freedoms of speech and religion, the rule of law, and individual rights and freedoms have worsened during the past year under the ruling Chinese Communist Party, an annual congressional-executive report has found, calling on the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump to do more to halt the decline in basic freedoms.

“As President Trump heads to China next month, he must press China to uphold international human rights norms, respect the rule of law, and adhere to universal standards,” Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) chairman Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) told journalists on Thursday as the report was published.

The report found that the Chinese Communist Party continues to “use the law as an instrument of repression to expand control over Chinese society,” and that “the criminalization of China’s human rights lawyers and advocates is ongoing, including credible reports of torture in detention.”

Meanwhile, in the former British colony of Hong Kong, “the long-term viability of the ‘one country, two systems’ model … is increasingly uncertain given central government interference,” it said.

Wang Yanfang, wife of jailed rights lawyer Tang Jingling, called on Trump to raise the issue of political prisoners on his forthcoming visit to China.

“I hope that Trump will raise the issue of Tang Jingling and many other prisoners of conscience,” Wang said. “They are in a dire situation.”

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/human-rights-in-china-worsen-as-beijing-extends-reach-to-hong-kong-report-10062017121023.html

https://www.theepochtimes.com/commission-seeks-to-shine-spotlight-on-deteriorating-human-rights-in-china_2329275.html

Hong Kong/China/AI: Freedom of expression under attack as scores of peaceful protesters face “chilling” prosecutions

September 26, 2017

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The Hong Kong government must drop prosecutions aimed at having a chilling effect on freedom of expression in the city, Amnesty International said ahead of the third anniversary of the 2014 pro-democracy Umbrella Movement.

Three years on from the start of the unprecedented 79-day protest in late 2014, scores of protesters, who were arrested for their involvement in the largely peaceful protests, remain in legal limbo, uncertain if they will face charges.

“Three years since the Umbrella Movement protests, a cloud of uncertainty hangs over Hong Kong. The government’s stance is having a chilling effect on peaceful assembly and freedom of expression,” said Mabel Au, Director of Amnesty International Hong Kong.

“The government must drop prosecutions which have the effect of deterring people from participating in peaceful protests, particularly on sensitive issues such as Hong Kong’s autonomy and democracy. The authorities’ continued obfuscation has left protesters in legal limbo and is detrimental to human rights in Hong Kong.”

Chilling effect

According to government figures, 955 people were arrested during the Umbrella Movement. After the protests, the government further arrested 48 people, mostly key individuals involved in the pro-democracy demonstrations. They were arrested for a range of offences including “unlawful assembly” and ”unauthorized assembly”.

Many of them were released after their arrest, but police notified them that criminal investigations were still ongoing and they would be re-arrested and charged, should there be sufficient evidence to prosecute them.

Among the 48 prominent activists who were arrested after the Umbrella Movement protests were Associate Professor Benny Tai, Rev. Chu Yiu-ming and Chan Kin-man, arrested for “unlawful assembly” in 2015. In March this year, the charges were changed to “public nuisance”, ambiguous charges with a maximum penalty of seven years imprisonment.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2017/09/hong-kong-freedom-of-expression-attack-peaceful-protesters-face-chilling-prosecutions/

https://journalducameroun.com/en/hong-kong-activists-fear-more-jailings-after-wong-imprisoned-3/

https://www.amnesty.org/es/latest/news/2017/09/hong-kong-freedom-of-expression-attack-peaceful-protesters-face-chilling-prosecutions/ (ESPANOL)

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

Hong Kong/China: Hong Kong’s Red Guards taste blood

September 22, 2017

The targeting of HKU professor and Occupy campaign co-founder Benny Tai is seen as part of a much wider attack on Hong Kong's civil society. Photo: Bloomberg

Should Hong Kong’s re-born Red Guards have their way and succeed in getting Benny Tai thrown out of the University of Hong Kong, does anyone seriously think they will stop there?

Of course not, as the increasingly hysterical campaign to get Tai dismissed from his post does not even seek to disguise that it is ideologically driven and targeted at the Occupy Movement co-founder not because of his actions but because of his ideas.

In other words Tai is guilty of the Orwellian-named ‘thought crime’. Naturally the slavering democracy baiters try and drape themselves in a rule of law garb but rather blow their cover by suggesting that because Tai is on trial for civil disobedience the verdict is irrelevant as he must be guilty, regardless of due process.

Then they drone on about how he and ‘those like him’ are poisoning the minds of students with their foreign-influenced ideas and lack of loyalty to the Motherland. Interestingly they take it for granted that Hong Kong students are both stupid and naïve enough to believe everything they are told, thus they need to be protected from ‘incorrect ideas’. (The real fear however is that they are quite bright enough to sort out things for themselves.)

http://www.ejinsight.com/20170922-hong-kongs-red-guards-taste-blood/

http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/2112502/hong-kong-lawmaker-junius-ho-should-have-known-better-kill

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/2112483/pro-democracy-activists-hong-kong-call-national-day-march-reject

https://vtdigger.org/2017/09/22/chinas-top-human-rights-lawyer-exile-speak-st-michaels-college/#.WcXWeMhJbIU

http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2017/09/rights-lawyers-hit-new-wave-intimidation-coercion/

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/education-community/article/2112395/colonial-privilege-academic-freedom-and-chicken

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2112537/junius-hos-killed-mercilessly-comment-be-probed-fairly-hong