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Announcing the 6th China Human Rights Lawyers Day

16/06/22

The sixth annual China Human Rights Lawyers Day will be held virtually on July 9, 2022, at 9 a.m. EST (U.S.).

In 2017, human rights organizations in the U.S., Taiwan, and Hong Kong established July 9th as the China Human Rights Lawyers day to commemorate the mass arrests, detention, and torture of human rights lawyers in mainland China that began on July 9, 2015. Since then, the Chinese authorities have continued to imprison and torture lawyers who dare take on politically sensitive cases, while preventing others from engaging in their legal practice. In the last few years, more than 40 Chinese human rights lawyers have had their licenses suspended or permanently revoked. With far-reaching consequences, the authorities have been successful in suppressing these independent defenders of dissidents, religious believers, activists, and others who fall afoul of the Party-state.

The China Human Rights Lawyers Day was created to support Chinese lawyers by bringing their plight to the attention of the international legal community, human rights organizations, and other concerned groups and individuals. While politicians, stakeholders, and multinational corporations fear the Chinese Communist Party and even aid and abet it in undermining and corrupting liberal values and the international liberal order, Chinese human rights lawyers have been working every day on the front lines of the fight against human rights abuses by an authoritarian government, upholding the rule of law in a country where there is none. The price they have paid is huge, but without regret. The world has come to a crossroads where democratic countries are beginning to recognize and confront the dangers of the totalitarian Chinese Communist regime. The meaning of the Day lies in that we must remember the tireless work of the Chinese human rights lawyers over the past two decades. We must therefore acknowledge them and support them, because their fate is tied to the belief in liberty and the rule of law that we cherish.

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https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3181703/veteran-chinese-human-rights-lawyers-expected-face-trial-soon

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3181515/chinas-party-congress-promotions-emphasise-political-security

https://thebl.com/china/hong-kong-chinese-regime-forces-foreign-teachers-to-swear-communist-loyalty-to-ccp.html

Colombia/UK etc: At risk for upholding the law: Day of the Endangered Lawyer

24/01/22

Lawyers are being arbitrarily arrested, prosecuted and convicted, as well as forcibly disappeared and even killed in countries across the world because of their work upholding the rule of law, the Law Society of England and Wales said to mark the day of the endangered lawyer on 24 January.

Law Society president I. Stephanie Boyce said: “We honour the courage and commitment of lawyers around the world who put their lives at risk so that people’s rights are protected and those who violate them are held accountable.

“Today we think particularly of our colleagues in Afghanistan who helped build the justice system and bring stability to the country under the former government. Since the Taliban took power some have tragically been killed because of the work they did, a few managed to escape, but far too many are in hiding, at risk from not only the Taliban but also from terrorists and criminals they convicted since released from prison.

“The Law Society stands in solidarity with legal professionals around the world. We will continue to work to support them and to contribute to building strong, fair justice systems everywhere.”

https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/contact-or-visit-us/press-office/press-releases/at-risk-for-upholding-the-law

https://www.uianet.org/en/actions/12th-day-endangered-lawyer-focus-colombia

https://www.naiz.eus/en/info/noticia/20220124/colombia-entre-los-paises-mas-peligrosos-para-los-abogados (ESPANOL)

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https://www.avocatparis.org/actualites/journee-internationale-de-lavocat-en-danger-en-colombie

https://protect-lawyers.org/es/colombia/

www.defendre.eu/pdf/RapportObservatoireCOLOMBIE240122.pdf

https://actu.fr/auvergne-rhone-alpes/lyon_69123/lyon-pourquoi-les-avocats-vont-ils-manifester-en-robe-devant-le-nouveau-palais-de-justice_48090635.html

https://lesaf.org/journee-de-lavocat-en-danger-mobilisons-nous-massivement-sur-les-reseaux-sociaux-le-24-janvier-a-11h-en-publiant-une-photo-de-vous-avec-le-protectcolombianlawyer/

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https://www.jrf.org.tw/articles/2208%E2%80%8B (MANDARIN)

https://www.icab.cat/ca/actualitat/noticies/noticia/Les-Comissions-de-Defensa-i-de-Justicia-Penal-Internacional-de-lICAB-sadhereixen-al-manifest-del-Dia-de-lAdvocacia-Amenacada-2022/ (CATALON)

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Six Years After Crackdown, China’s Rights Lawyers ‘Struggling to Exist’

08/07/21

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Six years after Beijing police raided the offices and key members of the now-defunct Beijing Fengrui law firm, rights attorneys Wang Yu and Wang Quanzhang say their profession no longer really exists in the wake of a prolonged crackdown by the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

The July 9, 2015 raid on Fengrui and the arrests of Wang Yu, Wang Quanzhang, and dozens of other rights attorneys, law firm staff, and associated activists launched a nationwide operation targeting the profession on an unprecedented scale.

Less than a decade later, attorneys who continue to take on cases deemed politically sensitive by the CCP can expect to lose their business licenses, which are subject to annual review, or are themselves detained, harassed, or sentenced to jail.

Wang Yu, who was honored by the U.S. as an International Woman of Courage (IWOC) this year, was once again held incommunicado in March after failing to attend an online award ceremony.

The award came as she and her husband Bao Longjun were assisting in the case of Niu Tengyu, who is currently serving a 14-year jail term for allegedly posting a photo of Xi Mingze, daughter of CCP general secretary Xi Jinping, to meme site Zhina Wiki, an act that was later blamed by police on Niu’s Vulgar Wiki.

She says there are still multiple restrictions on her daily life, despite having been released in the wake of the 2015 crackdown.

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https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/lawyers-07082021101655.html

https://www.hrichina.org/en/press-work/hric-bulletin/tribute-women-who-resist-sixth-anniversary-709-crackdown

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20210708/p2g/00m/0na/059000c

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

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China: Announcing the 5th China Human Rights Lawyers Day; Calling for One-Person-One-Photo Messages

22/05/21

The fifth China Human Rights Lawyers Day will be held virtually on July 9, 2021.

The China Human Rights Lawyers Day was created on July 9, 2017 in acknowledgement of the tireless efforts of Chinese human rights lawyers in their struggle for justice and the rule of law. It commemorates the mass arrest of lawyers that occured on July 9, 2015, and celebrates the ideals, courage, and tenacity of human rights lawyers in China.

Most human rights lawyers are not famous, nor are they wealthy, but they have irrefutably stood out in the Chinese legal community, elevating the profession to a worthier height. Over the past two decades, they have represented clients in all aspects of human rights and public interest, including but not limited to freedom of speech, freedom of belief, political dissent, property rights, women’s rights, labor rights, minority rights, anti-discrimination, food safety, and redress of wrongful convictions and other grievances. Their clients are from all walks of Chinese society, including political dissidents, religious believers, human rights defenders, civil society activists, farmers who lost land to illegal appropriation, factory workers, NGO practitioners, private entrepreneurs, writers, journalists, ordinary netizens, street vendors, victims of miscarriage of justice, and even Chinese Communist Party officials who have become prisoners in the so-called anti-corruption campaign. Their clients are often either opponents of the authoritarian regime or those whose rights and dignity are trampled.

Human rights lawyers have performed their duties in the process of defending their clients under the law, but precisely because they take both the law and their duties seriously, they have been subject to increasingly strong hostility from the authorities. Since the emergence of the legal rights defense movement in the early 2000s, these lawyers have only faced worse repercussions for their work; many have been arrested and tortured, suspended and disbarred. But the mass arrests on July 9, 2015, marked the beginning of a broader persecution of human rights lawyers by the Chinese authorities. Dozens of human rights lawyers and their assistants were suddenly arrested and hundreds of lawyers were threatened across the country. The jailed lawyers were subjected to harrowing physical and mental abuse. They were deprived of legal representation, forcibly injected with unknown drugs, forced to make confessions. Over the past two decades, more than 70 human rights lawyers have been disbarred, and about 40 of them have had their licenses revoked or cancelled in the past five years. At least 50 human rights lawyers have been illegally barred from leaving the country.

Even though most of the 709 detainees have been released, imprisonment of human rights lawyers has not ceased. Today, 13 human rights lawyers remain in prison in China, and one has been missing for more than three years.

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https://chinachange.org/2021/05/22/announcing-the-5th-china-human-rights-lawyers-day-calling-for-one-person-one-photo-messages/

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/arrest-05202021094205.html

https://hk.appledaily.com/news/20210520/BFXNPRC7NRDDJA6KDW5FQRI4IA/

Ireland/Switzerland/Taiwan etc: Day of Endangered Lawyer focuses on Azerbaijan

21/01/21

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The 11th Day of the Endangered Lawyer which will be marked tomorrow, (22 January) focuses on Azerbaijan this year.

Protests and seminars will be organised in solidarity with human rights lawyers in Azerbaijan. 

The Day of the Endangered lawyer is normally commemorated each year on 24 January, which falls on Sunday this year.

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Protests

Protests organised by local lawyer associations are planned worldwide outside embassies and consulates of the Republic of Azerbaijan, in compliance with public health guidelines.

petition supported by international, European and national lawyers‘ organizations will be presented to the respective embassies and sent to the Azerbaijan government.

Protests outside Azerbaijani embassies will be organised in Berlin and Rome and in Ankara and other Turkish cities. 

seminar  at 2pm today, organised by the Law Society of England and Wales, will be supported by Lawyers for Lawyers, DAV DeutscherAnwaltVerein, ELDH – the European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights.

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https://www.lawsociety.ie/gazette/top-stories/day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-focuses-on-azerbaijan/

https://www.uianet.org/en/news/invitation-webinar-day-endangered-lawyer

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https://www.ordineavvocatitorino.it/node/143355 (ITALIANO)

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China/Taiwan: Groups urge support for lawyer

May 1, 2019

ERASED: Wang Quanzhang was arrested in a mass crackdown by Chinese authorities in July 2015 and has not been seen by his family since, despite being sentenced to jail

Human rights groups and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers yesterday called attention to imprisoned Chinese lawyer Wang Quanzhang (王全璋), saying that his family do not know if he is alive and that the Chinese government has blocked all information regarding his case.

“We ask for Taiwanese and the international community to support this cause, as we believe Wang has been tortured and mistreated in prison, and all requests by his family to visit him have been rejected,” Taiwan Support China Human Rights Lawyers Network convener Kuo Chi-jen (郭吉仁) said.

Wang was among more than 200 human rights activists and lawyers arrested in a mass crackdown by Chinese authorities on July 9, 2015, and was the last to go on trial.

A court in Tianjin, China, in January found him guilty of “subverting state power” and sentenced him to four years and six months in prison.

“The court conducted a secret trial, and Wang’s family and lawyer did not get to see him. Chinese authorities have imposed a total ban on any information about Wang and his case,” Kuo said.

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2019/05/01/2003714350

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/lawyer-taiwan-05012019104554.html

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/lawyer-taiwan-04252019132853.html

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-47024825

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

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/freed-lawyer-tang-jingling-vows-130629635.html

https://www.voachinese.com/a/TAIWAN-HUMAN-RIGHTS-GROUPS-ON-WANG-QUANZHANG-20190430/4897235.html (MANDARIN)

China: China Slaps Travel Ban on Another Human Rights Lawyer

April 25, 2019

Beijing lawyer Cheng Hai, in file photo.

Chinese authorities have prevented another top human rights lawyer from leaving the country, as he tried to board a plane for the democratic island of Taiwan.

Cheng Hai was stopped by security guards at the Hefei XinqiaoInternational Airport in the eastern province of Anhui on Tuesday, as he went through security.

“Cheng Hai may endanger national security after leaving the country,” a security official says in a video of the incident filmed by Cheng.

“With the approval of the relevant department of the State Council, the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau is enforcing restrictions on your exit in accordance with the provisions of Article 12, Clause 5 of the Exit and Entry Administration Law of the People’s Republic of China,” the guard said.

In the video clip, Cheng argues with the guards.

“I tell you that you are committing a criminal act by preventing citizens from leaving the country, and abusing your power,” Cheng said. “You behave like a criminal gang, even though you are wearing police uniforms.”

Cheng had been hoping to fly from Hefei to Taipei, but declined tocomment on the reason for the trip.

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/lawyer-taiwan-04252019132853.html

Veteran Human Rights Lawyer Cheng Hai Disbarred

China: Support Grows for Suspended Tsinghua Law Professor in China

April 9, 2019

People walk near the gate of Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, July 27, 2016.

Support is growing at home and abroad for a liberal law professor at China’s Tsinghua University who was recently suspended for criticizing Chinese President Xi Jinping.

But how big an impact the backlash will have on the university’s Communist Party-appointed leadership or in China’s academic circles remains to be seen, observers say. Xu Zhangrun is one of several dozen cases of academics recently silenced because of their dissenting views.

Two weeks ago, Tsinghua University launched an investigation into Xu after he wrote articles that boldly criticized the Communist Party’s repressive policies in recent years including last year’s constitutional amendments to scrap Xi’s two-term limits.

Not intimidated

So far Xu has been silent about the investigation but has shown no signs of caving to the university’s suppression, according to Hu Jia, a rights activist in Beijing.

“He [Xu] came to the realization that, in times of crisis, so many people have taken his side and spoken up for him. This shows that justice naturally inhabits man’s heart,” Hu quoted Xu as saying after having exchanged messages with the professor on the Chinese social media app Wechat.

“It is Professor Xu’s belief that history will be on his side and justice will prevail. And no matter how hard those in power suppress him, the truth cannot be hidden,” Hu added.

https://www.voanews.com/a/china-academic-freedom/4867877.html

http://chinaheritage.net/xu-zhangrun-%E8%A8%B1%E7%AB%A0%E6%BD%A4/

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2019/04/08/2003713010

http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201904060015.aspx

http://www.schoolinfosystem.org/2019/04/03/speaking-up-for-a-man-who-dared-to-speak-out/

https://bitterwinter.org/maintaining-stability-measures-curb-academic-freedoms/

Chinese university professor denounced by students for ‘opposing the Party and violating the constitution’

https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/professor-04102019100534.html

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

China: Taiwan’s top officials voice support for suspended Chinese professor

April 6, 2019

Two of Taiwan’s highest-ranking officials on Saturday expressed support for a Chinese professor who was suspended this month after openly criticizing Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平).

Xu Zhangrun (許章潤), a law professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing was suspended after writing several articles criticizing the Chinese government, among them an essay titled “Our Current Fears and Expectations” from last July, denouncing Xi’s cult of personality.

In a series of mobile phone messages, Xu said several Tsinghua University officials ordered him on March 25 to stop all teaching and research and indicated that a university “work team” would investigate him, focusing on the essays he has written since July, according to a report in the New York Times on March 27.

Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Chen Ming-tong (陳明通) and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) both voiced their support for Xu on Saturday.

Chen said in a statement that the professional advice of scholars can serve as the conscience of society. In addition, a civilized society should respect diverse views as cracking down on different opinions, criticism and dissent only undermines harmony and stability.

http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201904060015.aspx?fbclid=IwAR2fBuOlY02yuh2sm8H7VOl_BN87OAkfpOIpJRqGMqFHgmxCJYR9urwTUiY

http://chinaheritage.net/journal/silence-conformity-complicity-reflections-on-university-life-in-china-today/

Chinese university professor denounced by students for ‘opposing the Party and violating the constitution’

https://www.theepochtimes.com/treatment-of-chinese-scholars-reveals-critical-issues-of-chinas-educational-system_2863087.html

Winter Settles on Chinese Universities

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-06/china-braces-for-year-of-significant-but-difficult-anniversaries/10970346

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

https://www.change.org/p/chinese-government-stop-the-crackdown-on-dissident-professor-xu-zhangrun-%E8%AE%B8%E7%AB%A0%E6%B6%A6 (SIGN THE PETITION!)

https://www.voacantonese.com/a/taiwan-reaction-xu-zhangrun-xi-jinping-critic/4864567.html (CANTONESE)

https://www.voachinese.com/a/Hundreds-Sign-Petition-To-Condemn-Suspension-Of-Prof-Xu-Zhangrun-20190402/4858495.html (MANDARIN)

https://www.voachinese.com/a/taiwan-reaction-xu-zhangrun-xi-jinping-critic/4864546.html (MANDARIN)

https://lepetitjournal.com/hong-kong/discours-et-depart-253871 (FRANCAIS)

China/Taiwan/EU: EU urged to confront China at summit

June 17, 2018

OPEN LETTER:‘The EU’s broad and principled commitment to promoting human rights has not been matched in China with a willingness to act,’ the letter said

Ahead of next month’s EU-China summit, the Taiwan Association for Human Rights on Wednesday joined US government-funded non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch and several other international advocacy groups in issuing an open letter to EU officials to raise public awareness about the “growing human rights crisis” in China.

The coalition of groups urged the EU to fulfill its pledge to promote human rights globally by repeatedly calling for the release of political prisoners detained by the Chinese government, including poet Liu Xia (劉霞), the widow of journalist Liu Xiaobo (劉曉波), and Taiwanese human rights advocate Lee Ming-che (李明哲).

The letter is addressed to European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker ahead of the July 12 to 13 summit, Taiwan Association for Human Rights secretary-general Chiu E-ling (邱伊翎) said yesterday.

Just weeks after last year’s summit, Chinese authorities ignored an international outcry, including pressure from several EU member states, and denied the wish of late 2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo to leave China to seek medical treatment for liver cancer.

The letter also called on the EU to pressure China for the release of human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang (王全璋), Uighur academic Ilham Tohti, Tibetan-language education advocate Tashi Wangchuk and other people China has charged with crimes not recognized elsewhere in the international community, or detained for simply taking steps toward protecting human rights.

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2018/06/17/2003695019

https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/asa17/8624/2018/en/

http://www.advocatenvooradvocaten.nl/13363/china-joint-letter-to-eu-ahead-of-2018-eu-china-summit/

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3459034

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-eu/china-vice-premier-liu-to-meet-eu-delegation-next-week-idUSKBN1JH065?il=0

https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/free-chinese-lawyer-wang-quanzhang/?utm_source=FBPAGE-IS&utm_medium=social&utm_content=1597762615&utm_campaign=Amnesty&utm_term=News (PETITION – PLEASE SIGN!)

https://www.ifex.org/china/2018/06/30/eu-china-summit/fr/ (FRANCAIS)