采访/陈汉 编辑/陈洁 后制/陈建铭
Lawyers Stage Hunger Strike Requesting Meeting With Four Detained Lawyers
Activist lawyers Tang Jitian, Jiang Tianyong, Wang Cheng
and Zhang Junjie were arrested in Jiansanjiang,
Six lawyers outside Qixing Detention Center in Jiansanjiang
staged a hunger strike requesting to see the arrested lawyers.
In addition, many lawyers and citizens went
to Jiansanjiang to protest.
By the morning of March 26, the six lawyers hadn't
eaten anything for over 20 hours.
In the evening, netizens cited a media report that said that
19 protesters were arrested following a hotel break-in.
Netizens condemned the local regime
for its thuggish behavior.
Recently, people continuously went to Jiansanjiang to protest,
urging the local regime to release the four lawyers.
Several lawyers appealed outside the Qixing Detention
Center and requested the release of the four lawyers.
On March 25, outside the detention center,
the six lawyers— Zhang Lei, Ge Weixiu, Hu Guiyun,
Jiang Yuanmin, Li Jinxing and Xi Xiangdong negotiated
with the local regime.
Because local regime denied their request,
they began a hunger strike.
By the morning of March 26, they had held the hunger strike
for more than 20 hours.
China-based human rights lawyer Jiang Yuanmin:
"They didn't allow us to see lawyers, which violates the law.
Many lawyers from different cities
are headed to the scene.
Many citizens also plan to go.
We are determined to fight until the end, we will not leave
without seeing the four lawyers and seven other detainees."
Sources say that on March 20, over 30 people in total,
including the four lawyers and Falun Gong practitioners
who had been persecuted by Qinglongshan brainwashing
center in Jiansanjiang, and their family members,
went to the brainwashing center where they requested
the release of detained Falun Gong practitioners.
On the morning of March 21, the four lawyers were arrested
by local police in a Jiansanjiang hotel.
Seven Falun Gong practitioners and their families' members
were also taken away.
Lawyers Jiang Tianyong and Tang Jitian were detained
and accused of "using cult activities to endanger the society."
On the morning of March 21, China Human Rights lawyers
Group issued a solemn statement.
In addition to demanding the immediate release of people,
they also asked the regime to investigate and abolish
local black jails.
Sources say that Qinglongshan brainwashing center is located
in the back yard of Qinglongshan farmer police station.
The full name is Heilongjiang Land Reclamation Bureau
Legal Education Base.
They use the place to brutally torture and brainwash
Falun Gong practitioners.
China-based human rights lawyer Liu Shihui: "Lawyers went
to Jiansanjiang to request a meeting with detained lawyers.
They were told that there are local black jails,
with 400 Falun Gong practitioners being detained inside.
The local regime casually detains people,
it is black jail behavior, and it is violating the law."
China-based human rights lawyer Tu Fu: "The detainees
are Falun Gong practitioners.
No matter what they choose to believe in,
it is their free choice.
They have the right to receive legal aid from lawyers.
It is not right that due to their faith, their rights are deprived.
This is against human rights, it is a shameful act.
We told the police that we don't accept these things."
The detained lawyers have won quite a bit of support online.
In addition to Beijing lawyer Teng Biao's suggestion
to take rapid action, lawyer Tu Fu also posted a message
on March 25.
He hopes the public will provide criminal information
regarding Liu Guofeng, a police chief in Jiansanjiang.
Tu Fu: "There are many black jails and legal reeducation
classes in Heilongjiang Province.
They violate human rights,
they persecute those who uphold their faith.
Lawyers were detained when they went to support them,
it is outrageous behavior.
I think the public should expose the problems now,
so as to warn those who commit evil deeds.
Everyone will condemn them, it is not the end
after they have done the persecution."
In Mainland China, it is common practice for the regime
to persecute human rights lawyers.
On Oct. 22, 2013, several hundred lawyers launched
a signatory campaign.
They requested the law administration to reinstate
the licenses of lawyers including Tang Jietian and others
who were deprived their rights by having
their licenses confiscated.
Beijing lawyer Xie Yanyi, one of the organizers
of the signatory campaign, says that the majority of these
conscientious lawyers enrage the regimes because they
defended the victims of land demolishing, human rights
activists, dissidents, religious people and more.
Liu Shihui: "The Communist system itself is against
and ignores the law.
It is authoritarian, it certainly doesn't hope for rule of law.
The administrative organ, the court and the procuratorate
are law abusers.
blog comments powered by
blog comments powered by