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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.







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.


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.







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



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.



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


Winter Settles on Chinese Universities



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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.






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

China/Taiwan: Tortured Activist Who Fled China Applies For Political Asylum in Taiwan

June 1, 2018

Chinese human rights activist Huang Yan discusses her persecution by the Chinese Communist Party and her decision to seek political asylum in Taiwan, during an interview with RFA, May 30, 2018.

Chinese rights activist Huang Yan, a former torture victim who spoke out publicly in support of rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, has been granted a temporary stay in the democratic island of Taiwan after being recognized as a genuine refugee by the United Nations.

Huang abandoned a flight from Jakarta to Beijing during its stopover in Taiwan on Tuesday, and sought political asylum on the island instead, she told RFA in an interview on Wednesday.

“I am very happy,” she said. “When I left the airport in Taiwan, pushing my suitcase, I thought to myself that I am totally free. But at the same time, I am still suffering psychologically from all the years of persecution.”

“I was thinking that I would start revealing [my story], bit by bit, after I arrived in Taiwan,” she said. “There is so much to tell; I wouldn’t get done telling it if I spoke for several days and nights without stopping.”

Huang said she is very grateful to Taiwan, which has never been ruled by the Chinese Communist Party, for letting her in on a 90-day permit while her application is being considered.

“Thank God, and thank Taiwan,” she said.

Huang arrived aboard a flight operated by the island’s flag-carrier China Airlines. Her ticket took her as far as Beijing, but she declined to board the second leg of the flight, and made herself known to Taiwan officials at the airport.

She was supported in her application by Yang Sen-hong, president of the Taiwan Association for China Human Rights, and his wife Ling Yao-chiu, its secretary-general.

The couple met Huang, 48, when she emerged at Taoyuan International Airport on Wednesday.

A genuine refugee

Huang fled China after years of harassment, repeated incarceration, and torture at the hands of the mainland Chinese authorities linked to her rights activism.

Her escape to Thailand from the former British colony of Hong Kong, which runs a separate immigration border from mainland China, was assisted by Bob Fu, president of U.S.-based Christian rights group China Aid, and culminated in her being recognized as a genuine refugee by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).









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.”






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Egypt/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Taipei


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(L’Observatoire IDHAE Facebook)

People in the pictures (from left to right, all four are Attorney-at-Law):
– Ms. Lin Tzu-lin, Chairperson of the Human Rights Protection Committee of the Taipei Bar Association
– Mr. Guo Ji-ren, Convener of the Taiwan Support China Human Rights Lawyers Network
– Ms. Yu Mei-nu, Member of the Congress, Chairperson of the Congress All-Party Caucus on International Human Rights
– Mr. Wang Lung-kuan Lukas, Board member of the Taipei Bar Association.
Press Conference on the Day of the Endangered Lawyers 2018: Egypt
Time: Wednesday, 9:00a.m., January 24, 2018
Place: Room 101, Research Building of the Congress, Taipei, Taiwan
Organizer: Taiwan Support China Human Rights Lawyers Network
Co-sponsors: Congress Office of Yu Mei-nu; Human Rights Protection Committee of the Taipei Bar Association; Congress All-Party Caucus on International Human Rights
Follow-up Action: The groups will send a petition letter to the Minister of Justice of Egypt.



http://www.setn.com/news.aspx?newsid=340745 (CHINESE)

China: In China, Despair for Cause of Democracy After Nobel Laureate’s Death

July 20, 2017

For years, the fiery band of activists pushing for democracy in China looked to Liu Xiaobo, the jailed Nobel Peace laureate, as a source of inspiration. They created social media groups devoted to his iconoclastic poetry. They held up his photos at rallies, demanding justice and transparency.

But Mr. Liu’s death last week of liver cancer, after a final, futile attempt by friends to bring about his release, has dealt a withering blow to the pro-democracy movement. Some say it is now at its weakest point since the Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989.

“It’s a turning point,” said Yan Wenxin, a human rights lawyer in Beijing. “The feeling of powerlessness among activists has peaked.”

Under President Xi Jinping, the government has imprisoned dozens of lawyers, journalists and advocates and tightened controls over the internet. Now, the ruling Communist Party’s feverish attempts to erase Mr. Liu’s legacy have raised fears that Mr. Xi will intensify his campaign against activists pushing for ideas like freedom of speech and religion.


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China/Hong Kong/Taiwan: Human Rights: Is China likely to build a better world?

July 10, 2017

Activists ask China to allow Liu Xiaobo and his wife Liu Xia to go overseas for medical treatment. Photo: HKEJ

China’s leader, Xi Jinping, has been busy traveling the world to deliver the message that China is a responsible power, ready for world leadership. The official Xinhua news agency said of his visit to Hamburg for the G20 gathering: “Chinese President Xi Jinping has demonstrated China’s readiness to join the rest of the world in building a better world for everyone.”

Within China, however, not everyone would agree that a better world was being built for them. Sunday [July 9] marked the second anniversary of the “709 crackdown” against human rights defenders, which began on July 9, 2015. According to China Change, an organization that works with Chinese democracy advocates, more than 300 human rights lawyers and activists have been detained, disappeared, temporarily rounded up and interrogated.

To mark the second anniversary, the China Human Rights Lawyers Group, founded in 2013, issued a statement in which it recalled the first arrests, that of Beijing-based lawyer Wang Yu and her husband, Bao Longjun, and their son, Bao Zhuoxuan.

“This was a prelude to the mass arrests of the July 9 sweep,” the group said. “After July 9, over 360 lawyers and citizens around the country were summoned and subjective to coercive, high-pressure interrogations. The family members of lawyers and rights activities were also implicated and subjected to constant threats and intimidation.”

These events have not gone unnoticed overseas. The New York City Bar Association also issued a statement marking the “709 Crackdown” on Sunday.






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Inaugural China Human Rights Lawyers’ Day, Hong Kong, July 9, 2017

China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group chairpersn Albert Ho announced the inaugural Day for Human Rights Lawyers in China, followed by a moment of silence, a protest of 7 minutes 09 seconds by Hong Kong lawyers and lawmakers. Some prominent figures from the Hong Kong legal community were present, including Mr Mrtin Lee, Ms. Margaret Ng, Ms Audrey Yu and Mr Eric Cheung. The protest was also joined by a group of young lawyers from the Progrssive Lawyers Group.