Human Rignts Lawyers' Database

Last Updated

2017-12-31

Wang Quanzhang (王全璋)

Work Location

Beijing

 

Current Status

Detained pending for trial

 

Introduction

Wang Quanzhang graduated from Shandong University School of Law in 2000. In 1999, he began paying attention to issues related to Falun Gong and began providing legal aid services to persecuted Falun Gong members while still in school. As a result, he was warned by relevant government departments. In Jinan’s Yin Jialing neighborhood in Shandong Province, he served as a law instructor and provided a course on farmer land rights. Later, he cooperated with a Beijing human rights organization and provided legal services to defendants. He also handled cases including the one of a Guangdong civil rights activist who was blackmailed. Later, he received pressure from the authorities and was forced to quit his law-related work. At the same time, he assisted a foreign TV station’s interview about sensitive cases in China.

Later, Wang Quanzhang used the penname “Gao Feng”(Peak) to publish ten articles criticizing the government on the internet. In 2008, his house was searched and his possessions confiscated by the Ministry of State Security. Subsequently, he left Shandong and started working at the World and China Institute. During that time, he participated in a writer’s event regarding the internet and citizens, and an observation report regarding the role of lawyers in the freedom and civil rights movements.

In April 2013, Wang was detained by the Jiangsu Jingjiang Court for 10 days when he was defending for the Falun Gong practitioner Zhu Yanian. The incident led to a joint statement signed by over 100 lawyers to request for the court videos and his release. It has also triggered wide report from both Chinese and Western media. Thus, Wang was released after 3 days.

On 28th March, 2014, Wang Quanzhang went to Jiamusi, Heilongjiang to support the lawyers who were persecuted by the detention centre in the Jiansanjiang Incident. The police there forced him to sign on a guarantee and tortured him by grabbing his hair and pushing him to the wall as well as hitting the back of his head.

Wang Quanzhang went disappeared on July 10, 2015, and later was subjected to criminal detention and residential surveilance at desiganted location by the Tianjin Public Security Bureau. Wang Quanzhang was indicted for the crime of "subversion of state power". From July 10, 2015 to the present, Wang Quanzhang has not been allowed to see his family and lawyers.

 

Specializations

Farmer’s land rights, administrative detention, reeducation through labor, criminal rights

 

Cases Handled

2013    Jiangsu FLG practitioner Zhu Yanian case

2012    Henan rights leader Hong Maoxian obstruction of official business case

2011    Shandong journalist Qi Chonghuai extortion and blackmail case

2010    Jinan prisoner Cai Fuchen abnormal death case

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