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China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group Statement on heightened pressure on Chinese human rights lawyers Lu Siwei and Ren Quanniu (30 March 2021)

 
China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group is concerned about the increased persecution imposed by Chinese authorities on human rights lawyers Lu Siwei and Ren Quanniu. Both of whom worked for the case of 12 Hongkongers convicted of ‘illegally crossing the border’ and both had their legal practice licenses revoked on 15 January 2021 and 02 February 2021 respectively, shortly after the verdict of the 12 Hongkongers case was delivered.
 
On 28 March 2021, Lu Siwei was met by a political security officer who threatened Lu not to go to the US Embassy in Beijing. Otherwise, as that officer claimed, the authorities are prepared to restrict Lu’s right to travel, albeit such an action is blatantly unlawful as noted by Lu. On the same day, the law firm where Ren Quanniu had previously been a partner was asked to disband, allegedly demanded by the Ministry of Justice of the People’s Republic of China.
 
China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group thereby urges the government of the People’s Republic of China to:
 
1. Abide by its constitution and promulgated laws, and refrain from arbitrarily inflicting reprisal practices against Lu Siwei, Ren Quanniu and other human rights lawyers;
 
2. Respect its international obligation to observe and comply with the standard on protection of lawyers’ rights, including UN Basic Principles on the Roles of Lawyers; and
 
3. Acknowledge its citizens’ need of protection of civil and human rights, and constitute a safe working environment for human rights lawyers.
 
 
China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group