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China: Four Years on, China’s Crackdown Still Suppressing Human Rights Lawyers, Clients

July 9, 2019

Hunan human rights lawyer Xie Yang, who was detained in China's July 9, 2015 crackdown on rights lawyers and subjected to abuse including torture and deprivation of food and water, poses with his parents in an undated photo.

Four years after the ruling Chinese Communist Party launched anationwide crackdown on the country’s human rights lawyers, the country’s rights attorneys say they are now being prevented from practicing law at all.

Hunan lawyer Xie Yang, who was initially detained on July 11, 2015, then tortured while being held under “residential surveillance at a designated location” in a government guesthouse, said human rights are as essential to human existence as food and drink.

“Dignity and justice are what make us human,” Xie said. “[This is] not just [about] getting enough to eat.”

Xie, who was subjected to abuse including deprivation of food and water, and tortured again after being moved to the police-run Changsha No. 2 Detention Center following his formal arrest on Jan. 9, 2016, said the crackdown has largely achieved what the authorities set out to do.

“The terror campaign waged against rights lawyers was clearly prettyeffective, because now the majority of of [human rights] cases can’t find an appropriate lawyer to represent them,” he said.

“The vast majority of lawyers have been controlled via the system of annual license renewals and other methods.”

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/709-lawyers-07092019150415.html

https://www.theepochtimes.com/us-eu-urge-china-to-release-rights-lawyers-on-anniversary-of-mass-arrests_2995770.html

https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage_en/65180/Statement%20by%20the%20Spokesperson%20concerning%20human%20rights%20defenders%20and%20lawyers%20in%20China

https://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1467490-20190709.htm

http://www.thestandard.com.hk/breaking-news.php?id=131005&sid=4

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3742153

4th Anniversary of the ‘709 Crackdown’

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/eu-urges-china-abide-international-law-on-709-crackdown/1527224

https://www.europeaninterest.eu/article/european-union-expects-china-respect-rights-citizens/

Fourth Anniversary of the 709

https://cn.ambafrance.org/Statement-by-the-Spokesperson-concerning-human-rights

https://www.euronews.com/2019/07/10/slovakias-new-president-takes-aim-at-chinas-rights-record

https://www.chinaaid.org/2019/07/dr-bob-fu-four-years-after-709-incident.html

http://www.jeromecohen.net/jerrys-blog/how-the-chinese-government-crushed-rights-lawyer-wang-quanzhang

Situation Still Dire for Rights Lawyers Four Years On

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/709_crackdown

https://cn.ambafrance.org/Communique-de-l-Ambassade-de-France-en-Chine-sur-le-4eme (FRANCAIS)

https://www.lavanguardia.com/politica/20190709/463383368181/ong-pide-a-china-el-fin-del-hostigamiento-contra-abogados-de-ddhh.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.dw.com/de/alle-sind-vorsichtiger-geworden/a-49513921 (DEUTSCH)

#709lawyers

#709crackdown

#XieYang

【「709大抓捕」進展通報】
截至2019年7月8日18:00,至少321名律師、律所人員、人權捍衛者和家屬被約談、傳喚、限制出境、軟禁、監視居住、逮捕

 判決結案:4名監獄服刑:①周世鋒律師 ②胡石根 ③吳淦 ④王全璋律師;3名緩刑:①李和平律師 ②勾洪國(戈平)③翟岩民;7名刑滿釋放:①劉星(老道)②張衛紅(張皖荷)③姚建清 ④李燕軍 ⑤王芳 ⑥尹旭安 ⑦江天勇律師;1名免於刑事處罰:①謝陽律師

 取保候審解除:
12名律師:①王秋實 ②黃力群 ③隋牧青 ④謝遠東 ⑤李姝雲 ⑥王宇 ⑦包龍軍 ⑧任全牛 ⑨劉四新 ⑩李春富 ⑪謝燕益 ⑫張凱;4名律師助理:①劉鵬 ②方縣桂 ③高月 ④趙威(考拉);1名律所人員:①王芳;4名維權人士:①劉永平(老木)②林斌(望雲和尚)③唐志順 ④幸清賢;5名教會人士: ①嚴曉潔 ②黃益梓 ③張崇助 ④張制 ⑤程從平

分類統計(律師、律師助理/其他人士):
判決結案:15人(5/10)
解除取保候審:26人(16/10)
撤銷指控:1人(1/0)
限制出境 :46人(31/15)
被短暫拘留/強制約談/傳喚(已獲釋):265人(125/140)
*注:其中25人同時被歸類在兩個分類;2人同時被歸類在三個分類。

42個進入刑事訴訟程序的個案詳細資料:
https://docdro.id/m26LUT5

321名受影響人士的分類統計:
https://docdro.id/m2bUR7f

(China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group / 中國維權律師關注組 Facebook, 11/07/19)

China: Lawyer of Dissident Jailed For Supporting Hong Kong Democracy Movement Beaten

June 11, 2019

Activist Wang Mo, who was redetained after finishing his prison sentence, in an undated photo.

A top Chinese human rights lawyer has been attacked and threatenedimmediately after meeting with his client, the dissident Wang Mo, at adetention center in the eastern province of Jiangsu, RFA has learned.

Shanghai-based rights lawyer Peng Yonghe was beaten and threatened by a group of unidentified people at the gate of the Huai’an Detention Center in Jiangsu on Monday, after he went there to visit his client.

“I met with my client Wang Mo at the Huai’an District Detention Center in Huai’an city today,” Peng told RFA. “But the [detention center staff] forced me to terminate the meeting when it was only halfway through.”

Shortly afterwards, at around 11.00 a.m., Peng was surrounded by a group of men at the detention center gate.

“They threatened me, to make me withdraw from Wang’s case,” Peng said.”They asked to see my mobile phone. I told them I had shot video on myphone, and they stole it from me, and also beat me in the process.”

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/lawyer-beating-06112019135814.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/05/29/chinese-lawyer-remains-isolated-prison-we-must-join-his-wife-demanding-justice/

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/lawyer-family-06242019104418.html

https://www.wfae.org/post/human-rights-lawyer-fled-china-still-feels-its-influence#stream/0

https://www.euronews.com/2019/05/31/un-rights-body-calls-for-release-of-chinese-lawyer

https://news.yahoo.com/cries-freedom-still-rattle-china-161022278–politics.html

Lawyer Jiang Tianyong Freed From Prison but Not Free, Health Deteriorating

Joint oral statement to Human Rights Council

Hong Kong: Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement trio appeals against convictions and sentences

May 3, 2019

Chu Yiu-ming, Chan Kin-man, Benny Tai

Three activists behind Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Umbrella Movement have filed their appeals on Friday, nine days after the court handed down their sentences.

Law scholar Benny Tai and retired sociology professor Chan Kin-man – both of whom are serving 16-month jail sentences on public nuisance charges – will appeal against their convictions and sentences. Reverend Chu Yiu-ming, who received a suspended sentence of two years, will appeal his conviction.

Lawyers for the three activists – known together as the “Occupy trio” – confirmed to reporters on Friday that a notice of appeal has been filed. The document sets out the reasons for appeal, which will be refined after the lawyers have a chance to meet with the trio. The case is expected to be heard at the Court of Appeal.

HKFP has reached out to the Department of Justice for comment.

The Occupy trio led the 2013 civil disobedience campaign of Occupy Central with Love and Peace. It was a precursor to the Umbrella Movement, the biggest pro-democracy protest in the city’s history which lasted from September to December of 2014.

Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement trio appeals against convictions and sentences

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-and-crime/article/3008789/occupy-founding-trio-launch-appeal-against-convictions

‘Occupy Central’ trio appeal sentences, convictions

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/2111897/charges-against-hong-kong-occupy-leaders-are-prosecution

The Umbrella Movement trial: Jailed for not apologising? Isn’t that a bit political?

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/occupy-sentences-land-hong-kong-academic-freedom-test

China: Release and Reversal of Convictions for Pro-Democracy Advocates in Hong Kong

‘Free Hong Kong’ flash mob in Poland shows support for jailed Umbrella Movement activists

https://thediplomat.com/2019/05/30-years-after-tiananmen-hong-kong-remembers/

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

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

https://www.nzz.ch/feuilleton/hongkong-in-der-kulturszene-herrscht-verunsicherung-ld.1470272 (DEUTSCH)

Hong Kong: Rival alumni groups in fight over whether jailed Occupy co-founder Benny Tai should be sacked from post at University of Hong Kong

May 1, 2019

Benny Tai has been jailed for 16 months on public nuisance offences. Photo: Robert Ng

A row over whether jailed Occupy co-founder Benny Tai Yiu-ting should be immediately dismissed from his teaching job has escalated with rival alumni groups issuing petitions to the University of Hong Kong.

Students, meanwhile, spoke highly of Tai’s contribution to democracy and the university’s law school, and also launched their own petition.

The HKU associate law professor, who was among four Occupy leaders jailed
last week for public nuisance charges over the 2014 protests, was sentenced to 16 months’ imprisonment.

In a petition to the university’s vice chancellor Zhang Xiang and governing council chairman Arthur Li Kwok-cheung, a group of 29 alumni asked HKU to immediately launch a disciplinary inquiry against Tai, 54, for advocating civil disobedience “in the disguise of an academic”.

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3008355/rival-alumni-groups-fight-over-whether-jailed-occupy-co

https://www.jurist.org/commentary/2019/04/sharon-hom-central-9-rule-of-law-hong-kong/

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/statement-report/sentencing-leaders-umbrella-movement-threatens-rights-freedom-assembly-and

https://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/3008135/one-country-two-systems-too-many-meddlers-us-uk-and-rule-law-hong

https://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/3007696/dont-sack-benny-tai-promote-him-instead

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2139698/hong-kong-government-shocked-occupy-leader-benny-tais

https://www.ft.com/content/639df894-4cdf-11e9-bde6-79eaea5acb64

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfdLpkaRE14dYga0lTVJ_6hhmdi8ub5G1uoUSA-EgQtt9Q_dw/viewform?fbclid=IwAR1xJwnXgQg71VUDuu0ggG-85ZwkZCjOMBmQRl-wI7CCcCblSMKAbOgWY4o (SIGN THE PETITION!)

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

https://www.hkcnews.com/article/20210/%E6%88%B4%E8%80%80%E5%BB%B7-%E4%BD%94%E4%B8%AD%E4%B9%9D%E5%AD%90-%E7%9B%A3%E7%8D%84-20210/%E6%B8%AF%E5%A4%A7%E6%A0%A1%E5%8F%8B%E9%97%9C%E6%B3%A8%E7%B5%84%E5%B0%B1%E6%B3%95%E5%BE%8B%E7%B3%BB%E5%89%AF%E6%95%99%E6%8E%88%E6%88%B4%E8%80%80%E5%BB%B7%E7%9A%84%E5%88%A4%E5%88%91%E7%99%BC%E8%B5%B7%E8%81%AF%E7%BD%B2%E8%81%B2%E6%98%8E (CANTONESE)

https://www.amnesty.tw/petition/3075?fbclid=IwAR1ufICElBIDz5n_6x4lE8mYdwpLsBSqZe3GjkytxPCD4_iFu97HztHcj4Y (MANDARIN)

https://fr.kongotimes.info/2019/05/01/hong-kong-emprisonnement-des-prodemocraties/ (FRANCAIS)

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

Hong Kong: Occupy ringleaders to be sent to maximum security prisons, as scholars call on University of Hong Kong to delay disciplinary proceedings against Benny Tai

April 26, 2019

Occupy leaders, Benny Tai (left) and Chan Kin-man (right) arrive at the Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre, where they spent their first night behind bars. Photo: Robert Ng

Four jailed leaders of the Occupy movement are expected to be sent to different penal institutions on Saturday at the earliest, with at least three likely to be sent to maximum security prisons, according to law enforcement sources.

News of their removal came as two top legal scholars urged the University of Hong Kong not to launch disciplinary proceedings against one of the convicted leaders, law professor Benny Tai Yiu-ting, until the appeal process had finished.

Tai, 54, was jailed for 16 months alongside Chan Kin-man, 60, while League of Social Democrats vice-chairman Raphael Wong Ho-ming, 30, and lawmaker Shiu Ka-chun were both jailed for eight months for their roles in the 2014 protests.

Meanwhile, Tai, could face a disciplinary hearing at HKU, as lawmaker Junius Ho Kwan-yiu renewed calls for the university to sack the academic. The university has so far declined to comment on what action, if any, it is taking.

Former law dean Albert Chen Hung-yee said Tai’s criminal conviction was severe enough to trigger a disciplinary inquiry.

Who are the Occupy leaders and what have they been convicted of?

“We would wish to support him, but there is little colleagues can do on the matter of disciplinary inquiry,” Chen said.

His two successors, Johannes Chan Man-mun and Michael Hor Yew Meng, said the university should wait until all court proceedings have finished.

“A disciplinary proceeding premised on a conviction, which is then successfully appealed from, will itself be undermined, and have to be reopened,” Hor said.

“So, as a matter of prudence, it would be advisable to await the exhaustion of appeals.”

Acting dean Fu Hualing said he and some HKU law student representatives would be willing to give their views if a disciplinary proceeding was opened in future.

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/occupy-ringleaders-sent-maximum-security-134410017.html

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3007893/occupy-ringleaders-be-sent-maximum-security-prisons

Occupy ringleaders to be sent to maximum security prisons, as scholars call on University of Hong Kong to delay disciplinary proceedings against Benny Tai

https://www.wsj.com/articles/professor-who-inspired-hong-kongs-mass-protests-is-sent-to-jail-11556099967

https://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/3007696/dont-sack-benny-tai-promote-him-instead

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3007536/will-academic-benny-tai-and-hong-kong-lawmaker-shiu-ka-chun

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-china-48034513/benny-tai-hong-kong-jailed-activist-to-come-back-stronger

What Now After the Sentencing of the Umbrella Nine?

The Umbrella Movement jailings: How opportunistic, made-to-measure charges got the job done

China: Nine Activists Wrongfully Convicted for Peaceful Pro-democracy Advocacy | Letter

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

Hong Kong: Law professor & activist Benny Tai sentenced to 16 months in jail

April 24, 2019

BREAKING: Hong Kong’s leading Umbrella Movement activists handed jail sentences

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-48033156

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/04/hong-kong-free-jailed-pro-democracy-umbrella-movement-protest-leaders/?fbclid=IwAR3QfNkZt-RPZs0JGW_xs6CipkqoAdwfbkihVtO-khEExpcSkjUbWTjm738

https://www.ft.com/content/ae446260-662b-11e9-9adc-98bf1d35a056

https://www.euronews.com/2019/04/24/hong-kongs-occupy-leaders-face-possible-jail-for-2014-democracy-protests

https://www.france24.com/en/20190423-prison-looms-convicted-hong-kong-democracy-leaders

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3007536/will-academic-benny-tai-and-hong-kong-lawmaker-shiu-ka-chun

https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3007555/hong-kongs-legal-and-political-sectors-split-over-jail

http://www.omct.org/human-rights-defenders/urgent-interventions/hong-kong/2019/04/d25326/

https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/asa17/0257/2019/en/?fbclid=IwAR3UOGMF7RI1GnJPI1zBaPkLBd3uaertgxqt9kuoz7_rrAE1F2dDl3fm0aU

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

https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2019/04/24/hongkong-jusqu-a-16-mois-de-prison-pour-les-leaders-du-mouvement-prodemocratie_5454042_3210.html (FRANCAIS)

https://www.boursorama.com/bourse/actualites/hong-kong-les-chefs-du-mouvement-occupy-condamnes-a-16-mois-de-prison-825e6a1d617026213c9d82b8e761d7b3 (FRANCAIS)

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

https://www.tagesschau.de/ausland/hong-kong-urteile-101.html (DEUTSCH)

http://www.rtve.es/noticias/20190424/lideres-revolucion-paraguas-condenados-penas-hasta-16-meses-carcel/1927381.shtml (ESPANOL)

https://riforma.it/it/articolo/2019/04/24/hong-kong-16-mesi-di-prigione-ai-leader-di-occupy-central (ITALIANO)

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Hong Kong/China: “There will be darker times ahead for Hong Kong but the sun will rise again”

April 19, 2019

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Benny Tai played a pivotal role in Hong Kong’s 2014 pro-democracy protests. The year before, the law professor founded a civil disobedience campaign known as “Occupy Central”. The campaign later joined with student groups to create the Umbrella Movement. For 79 days between September and December 2014 more than 1 million people occupied major streets across Hong Kong to call for democracy in the city.

On 9 April, a Hong Kong court found Benny Tai and eight other prominent activists guilty of various vague and ambiguous charges, including “conspiracy to commit public nuisance”, “incitement to commit public nuisance” and “incitement to incite public nuisance”. for their roles in the Umbrella Movement. The nine activists will be sentenced on 24 April and could face up to seven years in prison.

This is the latest prosecution of Umbrella Movement protesters by the Hong Kong government, following the imprisonment of three student leaders in 2017.

Ahead of his trial, Benny Tai spoke to Amnesty International about civil resistance, the prospect of going to prison and why he is hopeful Hong Kong will one day have democracy.

“We both succeeded and failed with Occupy Central. Our goal was to advance democracy in Hong Kong and awaken more people to the cause. Over the 79 days more than 1.2 million people took part in different ways, young and old. There was more international attention than we had ever imagined.

“Civil disobedience at the right moment can bring change, but I was realistic our one action would not change the system alone. It is a long battle. This is the lesson I have learnt. We need to be resilient. We can’t blame others if we fail. Democracy won’t be given to us.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/04/benny-tai-hong-kong-umbrella/

https://www.ucanews.com/news/beijing-tightens-the-noose-on-hong-kong/84963

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

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