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Following the “710 Crackdown” at least 5 lawyers and 1 child have been restricted from leaving the country on grounds of “endangering national security”

 

On August 17th, 2015, Cai Ying, a Hunan lawyer, was restricted from leaving the country by the Beijing Public Secuirty Bureau on the grounds that doing so “could endanger national security”.  Since July 9th, at least five lawyers have been prevented from leaving the country for the same reason – Si Weijing, Chen Wuquan, Zhang Qingfang, Li Fangping as well as certain lawyer from the Beijing Fengrui law firm.  A Shanghai lawyer, Zhong Jinhua, was also forced to undergo an illegal humiliating body search at Shanghai Pudong Airport by police officers.  Details are as follows.

 

In the afternoon of the 17th of August, 2015, Cai Ying, a Hunan lawyer, intended to take a flight from Changsha Huanghua International Airport to Taiwan to travel.  When he was passing through immigration, he was met with an unexpected obstruction.  The Changsha immigration officers took away Lawyer Cai Ying’s passport as well as identification card and asked Lawyer Cai Ying to wait for information.  It was not until Lawyer Cai Ying’s intended flight, flight number CZ3017, had taken off that the immigration officers informed him that “the Beijing Public Security Bureau had indicated that Cai Ying leaving the country could threaten national security” but refused to provide a written document.  Previous to this incident, Lawyer Cai Ying had taken up the role of defence lawyer for Beijing lawyer Li Heping who was arrested in the “710 Crackdown”.     

 

On August 16th, 2015, Guangdong lawyer Chen Wuquan was stopped at the Shenzhen Luohu Train Station, the reason being the same, there might “endanger state security”.

 

Around 2pm on the 11th of August, 2015, Zhong Jinhua, a Shanghai Lawyer arrived with his wife and two young children at Shanghai Pudong airport where they planned to travel to America.  They were forcibly separated and taken into closed rooms by more than 10 male and female police officers to undergo a strict security search that lasted nearly 2 hours, were under extremely thorough and detailed investigation in order to intimidate them and forced to undergo a humiliating and illegal body search.  Throughout the entire search, police did not provide any law enforcement or legal documents. 

 

On the 11th of August, 2015, Lawyer Si Weijiang was restricted at Shanghai Pudong airport from leaving the country by the Beijing Public Security Bureau.  He sent out a message saying that “The Beijing Public Security Bureau restricts leaving the country, in accordance with normal procedures and according to a previous notice, it is not a big deal to waste the air ticket, but my children are bothered and the luggage  were already on the plane so we have to wait for them.” He said that “If there is a possibility that leaving the country could threaten national security then a written notice should be given.”

 

On 3 August 2015, lawyer Zhang Qingfang sent out a message saying that he was preparing to send his daughter and his friend’s child to the capital’s international airport to catch the flight to Seattle in the States at 2pm. They were stopped at the border because the Beijing Public Security has notified the border security that if they leave the country it might endanger the state security. Zhang was once the defense lawyer of activist Xu Zhiyong who is now in jail.

 

On 2 August 2015, according to the news sent out by lawyer Liu Xiaoyuan, another Beijing lawyer, whose child studies in one of the key universities in the country (the university is in Shanghai), on 2 August, led by the school teacher, the child went to Oxford University in the United Kingdom to be summer exchange student.  When they were at the border, a dozen of students successfully went through except for the lawyer’s child. He was restricted from leaving the country because it would “endanger national security”. The Beijing lawyer works in Beijing Fengrui Law Firm, the law firm in which Wang Yu and Zhou Shifeng works in.

 

In the second half of July 2015, Beijing lawyer Li Fangping was stopped at the Shenzhen Futian Train Station, the reason being the same, there might “endanger state security”.

 

According to China’s “Exit-Entry Administration Law” article 12, Under any of the following circumstances, a Chinese citizen shall be prohibited from exiting China: (5) The Chinese citizen is prohibited from exiting China as decided by the relevant competent department of the State Council because the national security or interest may be compromised,” Yet, the criteria to determine and the decision body are unclear concerning the “possibility of endangering state security”.  

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