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·郭国汀评论:胡锦涛不是在执政而是在犯罪
·彻底推翻极权专制流氓暴政!永志不忘六四屠城滔天罪孽!
·朱镕基犯有贪污盗窃罪吗?
·朱镕基有关劳动保险金的罪责是非之我见
·中共党员是罪犯!——评贺卫方教授的中共分成两派说
·中共党员是罪犯 无耻无行文人是重罪犯!
·不是中国政府而是中共暴政丧尽天良!不但温家宝而且胡锦涛皆乃政治精神重症患者!
·中国共产党早已病入膏肓无可救药!
·杜绝三鹿毒奶粉事件的三项原则
·郭国汀律师系统批判中共极权专制暴政论文目录
·郭国汀中共政权已经彻底流氓化
·中共是极端残暴下流无耻的流氓暴政 郭国汀
·怀念当代中国最高贵的人——杨天水/张林
·关于中共政权合法性及专制暴政与人种信仰关系的论战 郭国汀
·南郭/推翻颠覆中共流氓暴政有功无罪!
·面对中共流氓暴政全体中国人应当做什么?
·面对十八层地狱,我的真情告白
·我的退党(社)、团、队声明
·从中共控制媒体看中共政权的脆弱
·关于加国公民起诉江泽民罗干李清王茂林案的宣誓证词(英文)
·中共极力扶持缅甸军事专制政府及苏丹专制暴政
·请胡锦涛立即停止疯狂攻击郭国汀律师的电脑
·中共专制暴政恶贯满盈
·申曦(曾节明):剥胡锦涛的画皮
·申曦(曾节明):胡锦涛其人其事
·申曦(曾节明):胡锦涛虚伪狡诈邪恶凶残阴险的真面目
·申曦(曾节明):胡锦涛的伪善与病态人格
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***(35)中国政治体制批判
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***(36)中共司法体制批判
·从人权律师的遭遇析中国人权的实际情况
·郭律师评价中国律师诉讼及司法体制现状
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***中共专制暴政是国人一切深重苦难的总根源
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Lawyers Sentence Tests IOCs Ability to Enforce Olympic Promises

   Lawyers Sentence Tests IOCs Ability to Enforce Olympic Promises By David Kilgour Dec 29, 2006
   
   Former Canadian secretary of state says sentencing Gao Zhisheng unjust
   
   China's probably best-known and one of its most courageous lawyers, Gao Zhisheng, was recently convicted of "inciting subversion" and given a three-year prison sentence. His removal into custody, however, was suspended for five years; his 'political rights' were removed for a year by the Beijing court.

   
   Given the serious nature of the charge, the sentence at first glance appears light, especially given the harsh reality in China that 70 individuals sentenced from the democracy movement in Tiananmen Square back in 1989, 33 Tibetans, and 40 internet journalists, among many others, are scheduled to be still languishing in prison even after the Olympic athletes have left Beijing in 2008.
   
   There has been a general crackdown on human rights across China since the government of Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao took power in 2003. This has struck the tiny minority of lawyers brave enough to represent citizens with complaints against government and Party officials about corruption, farmland seizures, and numerous other abuses of the public trust.
   
   In Gao's case, probably three factors explain the seemingly lenient sentence, which, like the verdict in the closed-door trial, was issued without his lawyer of choice or family even being informed beforehand, determined by a party committee, and merely announced by the presiding 'judge'.
   
   International Pressure
   
   First, there has been considerable international pressure and media coverage since Gao was arrested in mid-August. Many across the world said that sending a Nelson Mandela or Mahatma Gandhi-like lawyer to prison would have a seriously negative impact on the Beijing Games. The "experts" who said that public lobbying internationally for leniency would achieve the opposite were proven dramatically wrong.
   
   Second, the nature of the sentence was
   http://en.epochtimes.com/news/6-12-22/49653.html clearly intended to position a Damoclean sword over Gao's head during the government's charm offensive to the world before the Olympic and Paralympic Games, which are to begin on August 8th 2008. If he speaks out against continuing totalitarian misgovernance and 'carnivore capitalism', officials can dispatch him to the silence of prison, claiming that he has violated the 'political rights' condition of his suspended sentence.
   
   Family Assaulted
   
   It matters little to Party leaders that Gao's permit to practise law was revoked in 2005 because he wrote an open letter to them about the need for religious freedom, independent judges, democracy, and the rule of law; or that his wife, Geng He, and two young children have since been constantly followed, harassed, and intimidated by public security personnel; or that even his 13-year-old daughter, Gege, was recently beaten by police.
   
   The most important reason for the seeming caution exercised by the regime in this case probably stems from the unique character of Gao Zhisheng, who is becoming increasingly known outside China and has recently become the focus of a multinational movement to nominate him for this year's Nobel Peace Prize.
   
   Gao, 42, was born in the hillside cave in which his desperately poor family lived in north China. Starting as a migrant worker and then going underground as a coal miner at the age of 15, he later joined the People's Liberation Army, where he met his future wife, obtained a secondary education, and became a member of the Communist party. On discharge, he became a street vendor, but also studied to become a lawyer, and was among the only one percent of self-trained candidates who passed the bar exam in 1994.
   
   Friend of People
   
   Victims of official abuse were soon lining up at his office and he began to win cases against all odds in China's notoriously unjust court system. By 2001, the Ministry of Justice named him one of ten "honour lawyers" in a national television competition, although it rescinded the title four years later when he became a target of the regime.
   
   His defense of farmers losing their land and Christians was serious enough, but doing the same for Falun Gong practitioners, when the regime had banned any lawyer from even representing them, was completely intolerable. It was Gao who wrote to David Matas and me last summer, inviting us to come to China to investigate the stealing of vital organs from Falun Gong prisoners of conscience. Predictably, no visa was subsequently issued by its embassy in Ottawa to do so; he was detained not long afterwards.
   
   His three open letters to President Hu and others, protesting a range of abuses, including specific cases of torture and murder, caused his law office to be closed by the government. Literally throngs of police soon began to follow him and his family day and night. In a characteristic response, he posted the details of this campaign on a website, resigned from the Party, and later became a publicly-declared Christian.
   
   Litmus Test
   
   The sentence is thus unjust as an undue restraint on freedom of speech and should be lifted completely; Gao's right to practise his profession honourably should be restored as well. The issue for the international community is whether the commitment of the government of China to improve human rights, given in its bid to win the Games, is to have any substance. The treatment afforded to Gao and his family between now and the late summer of 2008 will also provide a good litmus test for the International Olympic Committee and others as to whether promises by host governments of Games are enforceable.
   
   David Kilgour is a former Secretary of State (Asia-Pacific) of Canada. The Matas-Kilgour report can be accessed in 18 languages at organharvestinvestigation.net.

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