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709 Lawyer Released on Bail in Psychological Distress

HRIC received the following account of the “release on bail” of lawyer Li Chunfu (李春富), who was detained in the 709 crackdown in 2015. The account describes Li in a state of apparent psychological damage. It was written by Wang Qiaoling (王峭岭), wife of Li’s brother, lawyer Li Heping (李和平), and by Li Wenzu (李文足), wife of lawyer Wang Quanzhang (王全璋). Li Heping and Wang Quanzhang are two other rights defense lawyers who were detained in the 709 crackdown, and who have been in custody since July 2015 on charges of “subversion of state power.”

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An Update on Lawyer Li Chunfu’s Condition

Latest on January 14: Li Chunfu has been diagnosed today as having symptoms of schizophrenia and hospitalized. We learned from relatives that he was subjected to severe torture during his six months of “residential surveillance at a designated place,” China’s term for secret detention. More details to come. Once again, we urge the international human rights community to immediately begin an investigation into the extreme abuse that Li Chunfu, Li Heping, Wang Quanzhang, Wu Gan, Jiang Tianyong, and others targeted in the 709 arrests have suffered. – The Editors

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Lawyer detained in China crackdown released on bail but still under police surveillance, wife says

7 January 2017, Catherine Lai

Xie Yanyi. Photo: New Citizens Movement.

A lawyer detained in China’s sweeping crackdown in 2015 has been released on bail, but has not yet returned home, according to his wife. Continue reading

Bailed Chinese Human Rights Lawyers Have Yet to Regain Liberty

Poster by Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) network calling for the overturn of subversion rulings against lawyers and activists in China

Poster by Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) network calling for the overturn of subversion rulings against lawyers and activists in China. CHRD

Two prominent human rights attorneys detained at the start of a nationwide operation targeting lawyers last year have yet to regain their liberty, despite having been “released” on bail, rights activists said. 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

Zhao Wei’s Detained Lawyer Writes “Apology” Letter

Legal assistant Zhao Wei, who was detained in July 2015 and charged with “subversion of state power,” has reportedly been released on bail but her current whereabouts are unknown. Zhao had worked as a paralegal for Li Heping, a prominent rights lawyer who was detained along with dozens of other lawyers in the “Black Friday” crackdown a year ago. After her reported release, Zhao’s social media accounts were updated with messages expressing regret for her involvement with rights activism, and accusing her lawyer Ren Quanniu of spreading rumors for saying that Zhao had been sexually abused in prison. However, her husband and others doubted that the messages had been written by her. Meanwhile, Ren, who has also since been detained for “making up and spreading false information,” has written an alleged apology. Catherine Lai of Hong Kong Free Press reports on the letter: Continue reading

Tianjin Police Release Legal Assistant Zhao Wei on ‘Bail’

The defense attorney for jailed rights lawyer Li Heping discovered he was relieved of duty when he visited his client in detention, Feb. 18, 2016

The defense attorney for jailed rights lawyer Li Heping discovered he was relieved of duty when he visited his client in detention, Feb. 18, 2016. Photo courtesy of an RFA listener.

Chinese authorities in the northern port city of Tianjin said on Thursday they have released a legal assistant detained in last year’s nationwide crackdown on rights lawyers, after unconfirmed reports that she was sexually assaulted in custody. Continue reading