Is there human rights in China?
Is there human rights in China?
Thomas Guo’s speech at the University of Victoria on Oct.10, 2005
Ladies and Gentlemen, good afternoon! It is my honor to have a speech here to introduce my personal experienced in China.
My name is Guo Gutoing and I am a Human Rights lawyer from China. I do not speak much English so just bare with me. I taught myself English for several years, but still cannot speak fluent.
In 1980 I became Jilin university law school student. I studied hard everyday from morning to dawn. Because I came from a "black five" family in China, which has deprived any right including education right away totally, Only after the dictator Mao Zedong died could I be allowed to take the enter examination to go to university, and after taken the fourth times I success pass the exams.
I am a long distance runner. Therefore, I am very strong in body, will and soul. I value the opportunity to study in University, so I study extremely hard that my knowledge and thinking power development quickly and I have my own thought when I become the third year undergraduate student. In February 1984, I openly criticized the CCP and Maxs theory then betrayed by my best friend, and was sent to a mental hospital for 21 days.
In China we were taught that the law is “the will of the ruler class” which is the will of the CCP’s .The Maxs theory is the top truth and Chairman Mao’s thought is the modern Maxs etc. In my opinion that the law should be the will of the God and Nature, as well as the whole society, if the law is only the will of the ruler class then it is equal the will of the robber. Maxs theory is out of time and Mao’s thought full of mistaken. However, only for my free thought and opinion I was sent into a mental hospital by force for 21 days! Which hurt my spirit and health very much, almost destroyed my ability of thinking and my confidence totally.
Just because I am quite confidence with myself and firmly believe that my opinion about Maxs and Mao’s thought is right, I want to prove my thought , so each year, when I was practicing law in Fujian province, HongKong and Shanghai, I read various and many books in order to prove my thought is right. The reading habit last For twenty years.
I practiced International Maritime Law. After practicing for twenty years I became quite prominent in profession, especially in shipping and marine insurance. However I change my mine to be a Human Rights lawyer which earned little and had alot of mental and political pressure.
Actually, I was name the top one Maritime lawyer in China by Legal 500 in 2002. it is the internet changed me.
In 1999 I moved from Fujian to Shanghai because the police threaten and tried to kill me, for I strongly defense a HongKong client which made the Fuzhou City government very anger with me, they through police threaten me repeatedly and I refuse to give in. So I moved to Shanghai in January 1999 and opened up my own law office in June 2002.
All the media in China is controlled by the CCP. Majority of the news are false.
I learned that some students wrote some articles criticizing the CCP and
were arrested. The Chinese law says everyone has Human Rights but really
they have no Human Rights! Free speech, free press, free thought, free religion all are on paper not in practice.
I offered defense for Miss Liu Dei, because I learn that famous lawyer Zhang Shizi had been her lawyer, I give up this case. After 1949 there were many political movements. There were 80 million Chinese people lost lives which includes
30 million peasants died of hunger. In China majority people do not know the truth. In fact, China is not a human being country but only an animal country, for its people actually have no human rights, only have so call the rights of survive, which any animal also have.
Then Mr Lo Yongzhong were putted in jail for he wrote several articles criticizing the CCP and publishing online, who was a disabled person. I offered him free defense in appeal. However, his sister seems did not trust me, may be she donot believe there is lawyer who willing to bear danger and ask for no money.
In June 2003, Zheng Enchong was arrested for he faxed two articles to China Human Rights news center which located in New York, again I offered to be his defense lawyer, and this was the first human rights case I had handled.
During ten years eviction in Shanghai, More than 200 people committed suicide to show their despair and sorrow when their house were eviction by Shanghai government. Zheng Enchong is a professional lawyer focus on this area, he helped those victims for ten years and thus had his lawyer license stopped registered for two years and finally just for his justice action was arrested and sentenced for three years in prison! He was an expert in eviction law. He had handled more than 500 such cases against the government in Shanghai. After I defended him my Human Rights law practice can not stop for many clients come from other province want me to be their lawyer.
In February 2004, I became the defense lawyer of Mr. Huang jingqiu, who was a young international student organize a party on internet and published hundred essays on internet openly criticize the CCP, when he graduated from a Malaysia University and back China, he was secretly arrested then sentence for twelve years in prison for so called overthrew State Power! Because of my strong defense for him, the CCP threaten me repeatedly. I also as the defense lawyer of several high profile political cases such as Mr. Yang Tianshui, Zhang Lin, Shitao. Because the CCP has controlled the Courts and all media in China, all political cases and sensitive cases absolutely impossible to have fair and justice trial, for judges has no independent trial power at all. All such cases actually are decide by the CCP.
Although the CCP threaten me repeatedly, I decided to defend the high profile political prisoner called," Falun Gong". At first, I publish six essays to defense of FLG on internet, then since July 2004 I accepted the first such case.
My client Mr. Qi Yenlai had a hunger strike last for 780 days, during these period he refuse to eat or drink and was forced feed and almost died for tour times and have to sent to hospital for four months. How can he survived for not eating and drinking anything for more than two years? The Police forced a tube through his nose into his stomach and force fed him that way. This kind of forced fed is a kind of tortue which cause at least one thousand Falun Gong’s practitioners died. The CCP and the authority refuse me to meet him repeatedly for four months, although according to Chinese laws and regulation, defense lawyer have the right to meet their clients within 48 hours after applying. Thus I wrote and published a article on internet on Feb 9, 2005, to deliver the case truth which caused the CCP took away my law license ten days later. At meantime, I also handle another high profiled Falun Gong’s case, my client Mr. Chen Guanghui, was bitted to be a vegetable men for seven months, however, the authority refuse his family’s applying for bail and refuse anyone to meet him in hospital. Thus I sent an application for bail on medicine to the Minister of Judicial ministry of China, which I believed is the another reason the CCP deprived my lawyer license.
The CCP and The government tried their best to stop my human rights law practice, they threaten me to keep my mouth shut, not deliver any truth of case or accepted any oversea news interview or published any such articles on internet. But I firmly refuse, for I thought the free expression is the foundamental human rights and the most powerful and effective measures to defense the interest of clients.
The CCP and government tried to bribe me to stop being a Human Rights lawyer
and to go back to Maritime law. They took me to a fancy hotel and bought
me several expensive dinners. I still refused to stop Human Rights law.
To my knowledge, Falun Gong is a kind of exercise benefit both for human being’s body and spirit. In 1999 Jiang Zemin foolishly and evilly wanted to destroy it totally, for the CCP hate and afraid of any organization which they thought may threaten their power.