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Michael Mitchell: Chinese Law on Trial

John SudworthInfluential civil rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang is finally set to face trial this coming Monday in Beijing for his politically controversial online comments.

“[But] he said he didn’t think he had incited ethnic hatred or provoked trouble”.

Friends and supporters of Pu Zhiqiang attempted to hold up placards defending him, and chanted “Pu Zhiqiang is innocent”, before being set upon by security forces in plain clothes.

Police forcefully barred observers – including diplomats, journalists and supporters – from entering the courtroom. A year after his detention, Chinese authorities began a major crackdown that led to the arrest of at least 230 lawyers across the country, some of whom are still missing.

“Lawyers and civil society leaders such as Mr. Pu should not be subject to continuing repression, but should be allowed to contribute to the building of a prosperous and stable China”.

A spokesperson for the United States Embassy in Beijing reportedly expressed “great concern” over the incident, while the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China condemned “the harassment of and violence against” reporters covering the trial.

China routinely prosecutes activists and dissidents under a law forbidding “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” and dismisses any criticism of its rights record. Dan Biers, an official at the U.S. embassy in Beijing, was jostled down the street by police as he tried to read out a statement denouncing the lawyer’s treatment.

Police tried to prevent Biers from reading out a statement near the courthouse, pushing him and foreign reporters out of the way.

“Pu’s trial is extremely important – he’s the ultimate canary in the coal mine”, Maya Wang, a China researcher for Human Rights Watch said. We need freedom of speech! One accused the Communist Party of “secrecy, cheating, passing the buck, delay” and another criticised its policies towards the troubled Muslim, Uighur-minority province of Xinjiang. On WeChat, a popular messaging service similar to Facebook, some users shared posts in support of the lawyer, while others switched their profile pictures to an image of Pu.

In a trial that lasted less than four hours, another defence lawyer, Si Weijiang, said Beijing’s Number Two Intermediate People’s Court considered the evidence – seven posts Pu made on a microblog between 2011 and 2014.

Pu took up the law after joining the pro-democracy demonstrations on Tiananmen Square in 1989, which were violently broken up by the army. He said Pu was not asked whether he admitted to his guilt during the trial. Pu also mocked Mao Xinyu, who is Mao Zedong’s grandson.

The charges against Pu Zhiqiang are based on seven of his 20,000 messages on the microblogging site Weibo.

Also on Monday, a Beijing court has recommended a suspended death sentence for the wife of disgraced Politburo member Bo Xilai be commuted to life in prison, after she showed repentance and committed no further crime, Chinese media said on Monday.

Source: http://financialspots.com/2015/12/21/chinese-law-on-trial/

China: Free Prominent Lawyer Pu Zhiqiang

Persecution of Outspoken Lawyers Mocks ‘Rule of Law’ Claims
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Chinese human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang talks to media in Beijing in this July 20, 2012 picture. © 2012 Reuters

(New York) – Chinese authorities should drop all charges against prominent rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang and free him immediately. Pu is on trial before the Beijing Number 2 Intermediate People’s Court for alleged crimes of “inciting ethnic hatred” and “creating a disturbance” for seven microblog, or “Weibo,” posts that he published online between July 2011 and May 2014. Continue reading

China: Trial of lawyer Pu Zhiqiang an act of political persecution

11 December 2015, 19:16 UTC

  •          Delayed trial of renowned human rights lawyer due to start on Monday
  •          Amnesty International’s human rights experts on China available for interview

The Chinese authorities must end their persecution of prominent human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, Amnesty International said, ahead of his trial which is set to begin on Monday in Beijing.
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Pu Zhiqiang’s Indictment and the Seven Incriminating Weibo Posts

Number Two Branch of Beijing People’s Procuratorate Bill of Indictment

BJ 2d Br Proc Crim Indict (2015) No. 48

Bill of Indictment-PZQ1Defendant Pu Zhiqiang, male, born January 17, 1965, identification number [redacted], Han ethnicity, from Hebei Province, master’s degree education, is a lawyer at the Beijing Huayi Law Firm and resides at [redacted] in Beijing. Placed under criminal detention by the Haidian Precinct of the Beijing Public Security Bureau on May 6, 2014, under suspicion of provoking a serious disturbance. With the approval of this procuratorate, arrested by the Beijing Public Security Bureau on June 13, 2014, under suspicion of illegally obtaining citizens’ personal information and provoking a serious disturbance. Continue reading

ICPC Statement for International Human Rights Day

Pu Zhiqiang and Abduljalil Al-Singace Honored
Liu Xiaobo Courage to Write Award
And 27 Writers Adopted as Honorary Members
(10 December 2015)

Liu Xiaobo-AwardingToday is the International Human Rights Day as well as the fifth anniversary of Dr. LIU Xiaobo, the former and honorary president of Independent Chinese PEN Centre (ICPC), being awarded in absence to the Nobel Peace Prize, while two day earlier it had been seventh years since his detention. For commemoration of these dates, ICPC has honoured Mr. PU Zhiqiang, its honorary member as well as a lawyer and blogger detained in China, and Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace, an academic and blogger imprisoned in Bahrain, this year’s Liu Xiaobo Courage to Write Award for their long-term tenacity and courage in writing and fighting for freedom of expression and other basic rights despite imprisonment. In addition, ICPC have adopted twenty-seven of writers imprisoned in China as its new honorary members, namely FU Zhibin, YU Shiwen, LIU Haitao, DONG Tubin, XIE Wenfei, WANG Mo, SU Changlan (f), LIANG Qinhui, CHEN Yunfei, ZHANG Shenyu, HUANG Jingyi, WU Gan, ZHAO Haitong, WANG Quanzhang, SUI Muqing, XIE Yang, YANG Weidong, XIE Yanyi, WANG Yu (f), LI Heping, LIU Shaoming, SUN Feng, WANG Xiaolu, LIU Sixin, ZHAO Wei (f), LIU Wei and XIN Lijian. Continue reading

Charges Against Top Chinese Rights Lawyer Based on Seven Tweets


27377106-6133-46e2-bdff-33fdba938497Rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, who has been held on questionable charges since May 2014, in an undated file photo.
Authorities in the Chinese capital on Tuesday indicated for the first time that racial hatred and public order charges against a top human rights lawyer are based on a handful of his tweets, Continue reading

Rights Groups Up Pressure on White House Ahead of Chinese Presidential Visit


U.S.-based rights groups have called on President Barack Obama to invite activists, lawyers and other members of the country’s nascent civil society into the White House ahead of a visit by Chinese president Xi Jinping.

Efforts by Obama’s administration aren’t enough to change the behavior of the ruling Chinese Communist Party, which has stepped up its crackdown on lawyers, rights activists and peaceful critics of the regime since Xi took power in 2012, a letter signed by nine organizations said.

“In light of the high-level reception that will be given President Xi, Continue reading

Beijing Court Extends Detention of Top Rights Lawyer by Three Months


image (48)Pu Zhiqiang (front right) attends a seminar about the Tiananmen crackdown in Beijing, May 3, 2014.
Photo courtesy of CHRD

Authorities in China’s capital Beijing have again extended the detention of top rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, this time by three months, his attorney confirmed Thursday, adding that Pu has been suffering from health problems during his incarceration.

Pu Zhiqiang, 50, was indicted on May 15 Continue reading