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Chinese Attorney Defends Torture Report Amid Accusations of ‘Fake News’

Screenshot of detained lawyer Jiang Tianyong

Screenshot of detained lawyer Jiang Tianyong in interview with Beijing-backed satellite broadcaster Phoenix TV in which Jiang inaccurately stated he made up claims his client Xie Yang, another detained lawyer, was tortured, March 2, 2017. Public domain

Claims by official Chinese media that allegations of torture meted out to jailed human rights lawyer Xie Yang were “fake news” cooked up to appeal to “Western media tastes” were rejected by his defense lawyer on Thursday. Continue reading

A human rights activist, a secret prison and a tale from Xi Jinping’s new China

peter-dahlin2Peter Dahlin spent 23 days in a ‘black prison’ in Beijing, where he says he was deprived of sleep and questioned with a ‘communication enhancement’ machine. Here he tells the story of his incarceration and expulsion from the People’s Republic

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Tienchi Martin-Liao: The Muppet Show in Court


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Human rights lawyers and journalists are being intimidated by the Chinese government into public confession and denunciation of human rights efforts.

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China Jails Human Rights Lawyer for 7 Years on Subversion Charges

Television screen shot of Chinese lawyer Zhou Shifeng being escorted by police officers

Television screen shot of Chinese lawyer Zhou Shifeng being escorted by police officers to Tianjin No.2 Intermediate People’s Court in Tianjin, Aug. 4, 2016.

A court in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin sentenced a leading human rights lawyer to seven years in prison on Thursday, the third subversion trial this week of attorneys and activists who were rounded up in a sweeping crackdown on rights defenders a year ago. Continue reading

China Jails Activist For 7.5 Years For Subversion Amid Lawyer Crackdown

Democracy activist and house church leader Hu Shigen

Democracy activist and house church leader Hu Shigen is shown in an undated photo. Photo courtesy of Boxun.com

Authorities in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin on Wednesday jailed a prominent pro-democracy activist and unofficial “house church” leader for seven years and six months on subversion charges as part of an ongoing crackdown on human rights lawyers and their associates. Continue reading

China Releases Top Rights Lawyer on Bail Following TV ‘Confession’

Wang Yu

Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Yu poses during an interview in Hong Kong, March 20, 2014. AFP

Authorities in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin have reportedly released on bail a prominent human rights lawyer, while rights groups say the subversion trials of several others could begin soon.

Wang Yu, whose July 9, 2015 detention marked the start of a nationwide police operation targeting rights lawyers, law firm employees, and rights activists, was released on bail after making a televised “confession” on Phoenix TV, which has links to the ruling Chinese Communist Party, media reports said.

The detentions of Wang, her husband Bao Longjun, and their colleagues at the Beijing Fengrui Law Firm later widened to include the detention and interrogation of more than 300 lawyers, paralegals, law firm employees, and rights activists.

Bao, Zhou, and 12 others are now under formal arrest on subversion-related charges, many of them in police-run detention centers in the northern city of Tianjin, where they have been denied access to their own lawyers.

Wang’s bail comes after she reportedly confessed to “subversion of state power,” Hong Kong’s Oriental Daily News reported on Monday.

“I received humane treatment, and experienced China’s rule-of-law culture,” she told Phoenix in an interview at an unknown location.

She also “rejected” awards from the American Bar Association and the prestigious Ludovic Trarieux Prize for her work defending human rights, saying that they were intended to “blacken the reputation of the Chinese government.”

“I am Chinese. I only accept the leadership of the Chinese government,” Wang said. “I do not accept these awards, and will not accept them in future.”

Confession ‘heavily scripted’

But Henan-based rights lawyer Ma Lianshun said Wang’s confession seemed heavily scripted.

“I just saw the footage, and my feeling was that she was reading from a script, or that she had memorized a prepared script by heart,” Ma said. “I also thought it was funny that her comments sounded just like a statement by the foreign ministry.”

Beijing rights lawyer Li Fangping said the televised confession is now a regular occurrence in criminal cases where the government is trying to manipulate public opinion in its favor.

“The purpose of the so-called CCTV confession has never been to support charges, but to smear people and to manipulate public opinion,” Li said.

“It’s a very common way for them to release details on cases where they are in total control of the people concerned.”

Veteran journalist Gao Yu also made a televised “confession” before eventually being released on medical grounds. She later retracted it, saying the authorities had made threats against her son.

Wang’s teenage son Bao Zhuoxuan was detained last October in Myanmar as he tried to flee China after police confiscated his passport.

Two activists who tried to help Bao flee China through Myanmar after his parents’ arrest were handed over to Chinese police by the authorities in Shan State, and now face people-smuggling charges.

Wang’s bail follows the “release” on bail last month of legal assistant Zhao Wei, who is being held in an unknown location, possibly alongside members of her extended family. Her husband has been unable to find her, and her lawyer Ren Quanniu has himself been detained.

Other trials imminent

Meanwhile, Wang’s former boss at Fengrui, Zhou Shifeng, looks set to face trial soon on subversion charges alongside Hu Shigen, Gou Hongguo, and Zhai Yanmin, an overseas rights group reported.

The four, who have been held incommunicado since their detention, could face imminent trial at the Tianjin No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court on charges of “subversion of state power,” the Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) network reported.

“The trials may begin as soon as Monday, August 1, according to unconfirmed information,” the group, which compiles reports from rights activists inside China, said in a statement on its website.

It said the authorities hadn’t notified the detainees’ families or lawyers, however.

“Several family members were briefly detained by police on Friday and two people disappeared on Sunday night as they tried to confirm with the court where and when the trials would take place,” CHRD said.

Under Chinese criminal procedural law, the authorities must notify lawyers and families at least three days before holding a trial.

Reported by Yang Fan for RFA’s Mandarin Service, and by Wong Lok-to for the Cantonese Service. Translated and written in English by Luisetta Mudie.

Source: http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/confession-08012016111739.html

Hong Kong Bookseller Returns Home, ‘Refuses to Discuss Details’

Placards showing missing bookseller Lee Bo (L) and his associate Gui Minhai (R)

Placards showing missing bookseller Lee Bo (L) and his associate Gui Minhai (R) outside the China liaison office in Hong Kong, Jan. 19, 2016. AFP

The first of five Hong Kong booksellers detained in mainland China since October over sales of political books across the internal border has returned to the city, local media reported on Friday. Continue reading

The Case of Zhang Kai: Refuting Lies, Clarifying the Facts, and Setting the Record Straight

Zhang Kai

Zhang Kai. Photo via his blog, with the tag “Hope.”

Lawyer Zhang Kai was taken into police custody in Wenzhou on August 25, 2015. He was placed in residential surveillance in a designated location for six months, after which he appeared on Chinese television to make a “confession” on February 25. Continue reading