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2010-12-07

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Tang Jitian (唐吉田)

Work Location

Beijing

 

Current Status

License Revoked

 

Introduction

Beijing Anhui law firm

From 1997 to 2005, Tang Jitian engaged in criminal prosecution work at the Procuratorate of the Yanbian County in Jilin Province. In July 2007, in pursuit of work more suited to his interests, he began practicing law in Beijing.

Some of his well-known cases handled include those related to rights of AIDS patients, the labor camp system, peasants’ property rights, and Falun Gong.

Towards the end of 2007, he signed and published an open letter together with 69 Chinese scholars and people of the legal profession calling for an abolishment of the labor camp system. He also signed a letter to support human rights lawyer Liu Yao, and joined the appeal for granting Yang Jia amnesty.

In addition, Tang participated in the co-signatory of the Charter 08. On 12th January 2009, Tang and 21 scholars and lawyers published an online petition titled “Boycott CCTV; Refuse to be brainwashed”, to express their dissatisfaction with the newspaper ban and the news blackout. In 2009, during the period of the June-Fourth 20th anniversary, he was detained with a number of human rights lawyers.

On 29th August 2008, Tang participated in the drafting and signing of an open letter demanding direct elections for the Beijing Lawyers Association and reduction of half of its membership fee, successfully obtaining the signatures of 35 lawyers. Shortly thereafter, his employer, Beijing Haodong law firm, recommended him to leave for the interests of the company. Tang participated in the 2009 election of the Beijing Lawyers Association and had obtained enough signatures as a candidate, but his name was not recorded on the ballot. Tang’s lawyer’s license was cancelled at the annual inspection and registration in 2009. He appealed to the All China Lawyers Association and the Ministry of Justice, but to no avail. Until November 2009, his license had not been returned.

On 30th April 2010, the Beijing Justice announced that Tang and Liu Wei’s lawyers’ practice certificates would be officially revoked for disrupting the order of the court and interfering in the normal conduct of litigation activities, claiming they have violated item six of the first paragraph of Article 49 of the Lawyers Law of the People’s Republic of China. According to Tang and Liu, on 27th April 2009, they were interrupted by the trial judge more than ten times when giving their defense statement in a court hearing of a Falun Gong practitioner accused of using a cult organization to undermine national law enforcement, which took place in the Intermediate People’s Court in Luzhou City, Sichuan Province. The two lawyers felt unable to continue and left the court as a sign of protest, but were prosecuted by the Beijing Bureau of Justice instead for disrupting the order of the court and interfering with the normal conduct of litigation activities, and had their licenses revoked.

In February 2011, Tang was forcibly abducted for 10 days by the Beijing police for his concerns over the Chen Guangcheng and Jasmine Revolution events.

 

 

Specializations

Rights of AIDS patients, labor camp system, peasants’ property rights, Falun Gong

 

Cases Handled

2010    Falun Gong practitioner Yang Ming Case

2009    Hu Xingdou case

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