The new leaders of the Chinese government repeatedly stress the importance of ruling the country by law. However, in the past two months, at least 16 lawyers were assaulted, arbitrarily detained or even arrested while they were handling human rights cases and exercising civil rights. On 17th May, China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group, Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, Justice and Peace Commission of the Hong Kong Catholic Diocese, and New School for Democracy marched to the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in Hong Kong to protest against the recent unlawful violence, detention and arrest against Chines Human Rights Lawyers.
On 4th April, Beijing lawyer Wang Quanzhang was judicially detained after a trial at Jing Jiang court. He was detained with the charge of “severely obstructing order in court” after taking a photo of a document for back-up.
On 12th April, Anhui lawyer Cheng Hai was assaulted by ten police in plainclothes outside a court in Dalian because he questioned about the reason of the postponement of a court case.
On 14th April, Shenzhen lawyer Jiang Yuanmin was retaliated because he defended rights of the victims in land grabbing. He was detained with the charge of “assembling crowds to disturb public order” and was interrogated for 24 hours. Jiang’s physical condition was very bad but the detention centre did not provide him any medical treatment.
On 15th April, Beijing female lawyer Cui Jianan reported Chen Gang, the Vice Mayor of Beijing, about his alleged deception of housing maintenance fund. The police detained her with the charge of “obstructing public order”. She was detained for more than ten hours and was injected unknown substance. Later she had a heart attack during the detention and was sent to the hospital.
On 17th April, Beijing lawyer Ding Jiaxi was summoned with the charge of “illegal assembly” and he is still detained. It is suspected that the detention was due to his advocacy for disclosure of officials’ wealth and equal rights of education in Beijing.
On 13th May, Lin Qilei, Guo Haiyue, Jiang Tianyong, Tang Jitian, Liang Xiaojun, Tang Tianhao and Zhang Keke tried to visit the largest black jail in Sichuan in the morning of 13th May. They were beaten severely by several unidentified persons. Later they were detained for more than twelve hours with the charge of “obstructing the business of the officials” at Ying Jie Town Police Station.
Several hours later, Wang Cheng, Wen Haibo, Li Heping and Yang Huiwen went to Ziyang, Sichuan to rescue the lawyers but the four lawyers were also detained. After being interrogated for more than twelve hours, Wang Cheng, Wen Haibo and Yang Huiwen were released at around 2a.m. that day. Li Heping was detained with the charge of “spreading false information”.
All of the said cases are unacceptable and unlawful. All of them violate the internationally recognized human rights standard and the Chinese Constitution. We strongly demand the Chinese Government：
1. to release all of the detained and assaulted lawyers and activists immediately;
2. to fully investigate the issues and send apologies to all of the detained and assaulted persons;
3. if criminal crimes found, to charge any concerned persons, officials or non-officials, and to allow open trials on the issues.
Contact: Ms Lau (5492 3004)
China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group,
Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China,
Justice and Peace Commission of the Hong Kong Catholic Diocese, and
New School for Democracy