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China/UK/US/Germany etc: Wives of Detained Chinese Lawyers Meet With Foreign Diplomats

January 10, 2019

Li Wenzu (4th from L), wife detained Chinese rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang, and Wang Qiaoling (5th from L), wife of rights lawyer Li Heping, pose with a group of Western diplomats in Beijing, Jan. 9, 2019.

The wife of detained Chinese rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang, who has been held incommunicado without trial since 2015, has met with foreign diplomats together with Wang Qiaoling, wife of rights lawyer Li Heping, RFA has learned.

Yesterday morning, I and Wang Qiaoling met with diplomats in charge of human rights from … the U.K., U.S., Germany, the E.U., Switzerland and Austria,” Wang’s wife Li Wenzu told RFA on Thursday.

“Wang Quanzhang has been detained for three-and-a-half years, and I still know nothing about the trial,” she said. “I am starting to get very worried and anxious, because there has been no new information during the past couple of weeks.”

Li said the conversation had largely focused on her message to the ruling Chinese Communist Party.

“I wanted them to pass on a very clear demand from me to the Chinese government, that the Tianjin No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court issue its verdict immediately,” she said.

“The [trial] ended … so the fact that they still haven’t issued a verdict indicates that they want to drag things out still longer, until everyone has forgotten about the whole thing,” Li said.

“They will then deal with the case when nobody is thinking about it any more,” she said.

Li said state security police had issued the families of rights lawyers and activists detained in a nationwide crackdown since July 2015 with the same warning; not to meet with foreign diplomats.

“The state security police wants the relatives to abide by four prohibitions, the most important of which was that we shouldn’t meet with diplomats,” she said. “But our situation would be far worse if it weren’t for international attention on the July 2015 cases.”

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/lawyers-wives-01102019135210.html?fbclid=IwAR28d8ocNcd2OyGJsEsdRx2rwyGWQzXE9chce7uVljSGOveWnQrU0efzFk4

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wang_Quanzhang?fbclid=IwAR1VZuD1Jax0P2gY_s87RnBCkjw5ZitlCg-RA_3XgNZlSZ5uzoMIo_EsHno

http://www.edelstam.org/news/the-edelstam-prize-laureate-2018-shaves-off-her-hair-in-protest-of-the-persecution-of-her-husband/

http://www.edelstam.org/

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

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/harassment-against-wang-quanzhang-family

https://chinadigitaltimes.net/2018/12/rights-lawyer-wang-quanzhang-tried-in-closed-hearing/

https://www.lavanguardia.com/politica/20190118/454190852176/la-lucha-sin-pelo-de-la-activista-li-wenzu-contra-una-china-sin-ley.html?fbclid=IwAR38wGVF3lPf6b-_mAYyXG2MlRZb4gbv7rs9LH2pLjTqRHZ6rRBlLiK8tig (ESPANOL)

https://www.eldiario.es/politica/lucha-activista-Li-Wenzu-China_0_858464255.html (ESPANOL)

https://sverigesradio.se/sida/gruppsida.aspx?programid=3304&grupp=6240&artikel=7126235&fbclid=IwAR0fDHk-Tv-Oph5vuNBbRkOeLlY2oDCSyfoQW8B4-Fmk8mPYqRqKuC3Zl1o (SVENSKA)

RED BUCKET PROTEST IN SUPPORT OF THE EDELSTAM PRIZE 2018 LAUREATE – LI WENZU
During the Edelstam Prize 2018 award ceremony, the Chinese sign for love was exposed, and all persons engaged in organizing the ceremony, wore the Chinese sign for love on their hearts. The theme of love and happiness pervaded the whole ceremony, especially in the end when children sang “We are the world,” everyone holding a red bucket with the Chinese sign of love to show support for Li Wenzu, responsible for organizing the important “Red Bucket Protest,” which took place on July 7, 2017 in front of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate in Beijing. All the guests received a red chocolate heart when leaving the ceremony.
During the “Red Bucket Protest,” the wives of the detained human rights lawyers gathered in front of the Procuratorate in bright and red clothes with red accessories and red buckets, a color of love and happiness, to publicize their demand for information and access to the prisoners. On their dresses they had printed their husband’s names and messages of love. All the participants in the protest were finally detained, some of them badly beaten. Diplomats were not allowed into the Procuratorate.

(The Edelstam Prize  29/10/19)

China/Sweden: Wife of Detained Human Rights Lawyers Wins Human Rights Prize

November 28, 2018

Yuan Weijing (L), wife of exiled human rights activist Chen Guangcheng, accepts the Edelstam Prize on behalf of Li Wenzu, wife of disappeared human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhuan, in Stockholm, Sweden, Nov. 27, 2018.

Li Wenzu, wife of disappeared human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang, has been awarded Sweden’s Edelstam Prize for “exceptional courage” in defending human rights, the organizers said.

But the prize was presented to U.S.-based activist Yuan Weijing in her place, as Li was prevented from traveling to Stockholm to receive the award in person.

“Actually, I was very unsettled when I found out I had won the award, because so many other relatives and lawyers affected by the July 2015 crackdown have done so much more than I did,” Li told RFA on Wednesday. “But I was very moved [to see] photos and videos [of the ceremony].”

“There have been so many people who have offered me their silent help over the past three years, and we wouldn’t have made it through with their support,” she said. “Some people told me that we are opposing an authoritarian power with love.”

The award ceremony featured a large Chinese character meaning “love,” as well as the iconic red buckets used by Li and fellow activists to highlight the plight of detainees.

“Everyone who attended the ceremony was given the character for ‘love,’ as well as a little red bucket,” Yuan Weijing told RFA after receiving the award on Li’s behalf.

“This award is intended as moral support for Li and for the other wives and family members, who, like her, have been fighting for their husbands’ rights and freedom,” she said.

Yuan, who now lives in the United States with her husband, human rights lawyer Chen Guangcheng, said the award should also heighten awareness outside China of the plight of the country’s lawyers.

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/wife-of-detained-human-rights-lawyers-11282018113859.html

http://www.edelstam.org/news/persecuted-wife-of-detained-chinese-human-rights-lawyer-receives-the-edelstam-prize/

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/2175687/chinese-709-campaigner-banned-seeing-detained-lawyer-husband

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/wife-11082018144402.html

https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-china-blog-39974953

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/twitter-activist-11162018131001.html

http://www.edelstam.org/the-edelstam-prize/

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

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

https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/lh-11272018154437.html (MANDARIN)

http://news.ltn.com.tw/news/world/breakingnews/2627476 (MANDARIN)

Iran/Sweden: Swedish PEN Award for Nasrin Sotoudeh

October 31, 2018

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The Swedish PEN gives the Tucholsky Prize for 2018 to Nasrin Sotoudeh. Nasrin Sotoudeh, an Iranian lawyer and human rights activist. Nasrin Sotoudeh has been in prison since June 2018.

According to the Deuche Welle Farsi website, the Tucholsky award by Swedish PEN will be awarded to Nasrin Sotoudeh for 2018.

In a text published by the official website of the Swedish PEN Association said, “This year’s Swedish PEN gives Tucholsky prize to Nasrin Sotoudeh, a human rights lawyer and writer, for her courage and her constant struggle to defend the voices that are in danger of censorship and silence in Iran.”

The Jury delegation said: “Nasrin Sotoudeh continues to fight for justice in defense of Iranian writers, journalists, and social activists in Iran.”

http://www.kampain.info/archive/25969.htm

https://iranintl.com/en/world/nasrin-sotoudeh-wins-2018-kurt-tucholsky-pen-award?page=1

https://pen-international.org/centres/swedish-centre

https://pen.org/advocacy-case/nasrin-sotoudeh/

https://www.voanews.com/a/in-tehran-new-hijab-protester-led-off-by-police/4635838.html

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

https://iranintl.com/%D9%88%DB%8C%D8%AF%DB%8C%D9%88/%D8%A7%D8%B9%D8%B7%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%AC%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B2%D9%87-%D9%88%DB%8C%DA%98%D9%87-%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%AC%D9%85%D9%86-%D9%82%D9%84%D9%85-%D8%B3%D9%88%D8%A6%D8%AF-%D8%A8%D9%87-%D9%86%D8%B3%D8%B1%DB%8C%D9%86-%D8%B3%D8%AA%D9%88%D8%AF%D9%87%D8%8C-%D9%88%DA%A9%DB%8C%D9%84-%D9%88-%D9%81%D8%B9%D8%A7%D9%84-%D8%AD%D9%82%D9%88%D9%82%E2%80%8C%D8%A8%D8%B4%D8%B1?fbclid=IwAR0xrDYatKIDFSgv-ULIyPaW2dO-kJ_-s8jtZb6l064ZV5MJnoIInyrUbFQ (FARSI)

https://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=2493&artikel=7078230 (FARSI)

http://www.idhbb.org/fr-page3.callplt2018.htm (FRANCAIS)

https://www.svenskapen.se/senaste-nytt/2018/10/29/nasrin-sotoudeh-fr-rets-tucholskypris?fbclid=IwAR1YEhcwiT5WMg_dQiwNf2UBmB_Rg7k0DWl9sc1klduwt_27koUA1gbuSUo (SVENSKA)

http://www.menschenrechtsverein.org/index.php/cat/70/aid/11531/title/Iran:_Repressalien_gegen_Menschenrechtsanwaeltin_Nasrin_Sotoudeh_und_ihre_Familie (DEUTSCH)

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UIA PORTO Cérémonie de clôture du. congrès de l’Union Internationale des Avocats- Hommage aux Avocats persécutés dans le monde et à NasrinSotoudeh lauréate Prix @LudovicTrarieux 2018 #uiacongress

(Ludovic Trarieux Facebook, 03/11/18)

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Thailand/EU: Rights lawyer Sirikan June Charoensiri faces court again

June 19, 2018

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On 19 June, representatives from the EU Delegation to Thailand and Embassies of Sweden, the Netherlands, France and the US observed an indictment hearing of the case of Ms. Sirikan Charoensiri, a human rights lawyer. The purpose of the hearing was to establish whether she would be charged with concealing evidence and refusing to comply with an order, after she refused to allow the authorities to conduct a warrantless search of her car, which contained her clients’ information and consequently should be protected by the lawyer-client privilege.

 

(European Union in Thailand Facebook, 19/6/18)

https://www.marieclaire.com/politics/a19664067/woman-of-courage-award-june-charoensiri-thailand/

https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1434487/rights-lawyer-sirikan-wins-us-award

https://clarionproject.org/meet-2018-international-womenofcourage/

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/theresa-may-mustnt-mince-words-over-thailands-human-rights-record-during-pm-visit

http://www.advocatenvooradvocaten.nl/13355/video-sirikan-june-charoensiri-received-l4l-award-one-year-ago/

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

https://prachatai.com/journal/2018/06/77501 (THAI/ENGLISH)

http://www.rfi.fr/asie-pacifique/20180622-thailande-france-prayut-chan-o-cha-premier-ministre-junte-pouvoir (FRANCAIS)

Turkey/Sweden: Turkey’s Persecuted Activist Keskin Bestowed Human Rights Award In Sweden

September 9, 2017

Turkey’s prominent human rights advocate and journalist Eren Keskin, who is facing 143 lawsuits and barred by Turkish government from international travel due to her position as editor-in-chief of the government closed pro-Kurdish Özgür Gündem daily, was awarded by Stockholm-based Anna Dahlbäck Memorial Fund with the Human Rights Prize of 2017.

Since Eren Keskin could not attend the award ceremony in Mediterranean Museum (Medelhavmuseet) due to her travel ban her colleague Sidar Güney attended the ceremony on behalf of her and read out a two-page letter written by Keskin.

Keskin has stated in her written speech that the human rights situation in Turkey is dire and that hundreds of journalists, writers and human rights advocates are jailed after Turkish government’s intense crackdown on media and the rights defenders.

https://stockholmcf.org/turkeys-persecuted-activist-keskin-bestowed-human-rights-award-in-sweden/

http://www.roj24.de/englisch/eren-keskin-prosecuted-by-turkey-receives-human-rights-award-h13529.html

https://anfenglish.com/human-rights/eren-keskin-prosecuted-by-turkey-receives-human-rights-award-22007

http://www.annalindhsminnesfond.se/anna-lindh-prize/

http://annalindhsminnesfond.se/ (SWEDISH)

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

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

Turkey/Sweden: Sweden summons Turkish ambassador over writer and activist arrests

August 25, 2017

Sweden summons Turkish ambassador over writer and activist arrests

Sweden has summoned Turkey’s ambassador over the detention of two Swedish citizens, in a sign of souring relations with the EU member state candidate.

Ali Gharavi, an IT consultant, was detained while attending a July 5 workshop in Istanbul along with several other human rights activists, including Amnesty International’s Turkey director.

READ ALSOSweden slams Turkey for jailed activist

And Hamza Yalcin, a Swedish-Turkish citizen who writes for a left-wing online magazine, was arrested on August 3rd in Barcelona on a Turkish warrant.

“I and the rest of the (Swedish) government have since a long time made it clear to Turkish leaders about how we see these cases and the worrying developments in Turkey,” Sweden’s foreign minister Margot Wallström said in a Facebook post on Thursday.

“We have underlined that the latest events have a direct impact on our and the EU’s relationship with Turkey,” she added.

https://www.thelocal.se/20170825/sweden-summons-turkish-ambassador-over-writer-and-activist-arrests

https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/sweden-summons-turkey-ambassador-over-writer-activist-arrests/1131494