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China: Dozens of human rights lawyers targeted in nationwide crackdown

    Protest on July 12, 2015 after at least 50 Chinese human rights lawyers and activists detained or questioned by police
    Protest on July 12, 2015 after at least 50 Chinese human rights lawyers and activists detained or questioned by police
    July 11, 2015

    The Chinese authorities must end their assault on human rights lawyers, Amnesty International said on Saturday, after more than 50 lawyers and activists were targeted by police in a nationwide crackdown.

      LATEST UPDATE
    3.30pm [Beijing time] Monday 13 July
     
    • Total number of lawyers and activists targeted: 101  
       
    • Total number of lawyers and activists still missing or in police custody: 25
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    Prominent human rights lawyers Li Heping and Sui Muqing are among at least 20 people feared detained. All the individuals missing since the crackdown began on Thursday 9 July are well-known for their work on human rights cases.

    The authorities have targeted lawyers across the country including in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai. With new reports emerging, it is difficult to determine who has been detained by the authorities, or taken in for questioning and who may have simply gone into hiding to avoid possible detention.

    The authorities must end this assault against human rights lawyers. Such an unprecedented nationwide crackdown can only have been sanctioned from within the central government,” said William Nee, China Researcher at Amnesty International.

    This coordinated attack on lawyers makes a mockery of President Xi Jinping’s claims to promote the rule of law. The authorities must immediately and unconditionally release all those detained solely for their work defending human rights.”

    On Friday night, police officers visited the home of lawyer Sui Muqing in Guangdong province, southern China, according to his wife.  Police then detained Sui Muqing on suspicion of "picking quarrels and provoking troubles", although they did not provide details on a specific incident or evidence.

    Another lawyer in Beijing, Zhang Kai, sent a text message early on 11 July saying: "Police have come," and he has not been heard from since. 

    The alarm was first raised on Thursday, when Wang Yu, a lawyer in Beijing, disappeared in the early hours, after sending friends a text message that her internet connection and power at her home had been cut off. She then sent a text saying that people were trying to break into her home.

    Amnesty International calls on the authorities to disclose the whereabouts and legal status of all those detained and guarantee unrestricted access to their families and lawyers, as well as ensure those detained are not at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

    UPDATE:  China: Latest information on crackdown against lawyers and activists
    Last update: 3.30pm [Beijing time] Monday 13 July

    More than 100 Chinese human rights lawyers and activists have been targeted by police in a nationwide crackdown which began on Thursday 9 July. At least 25 are feared still detained by police.

    Total number of lawyers and activists targeted: 101  

    Total number of lawyers and activists still missing or in police custody: 25

    The names documented below are of those still missing or detained only. Click here for a list with the names of all those targeted since the crackdown began and additional information on locations and times.

    Currently in police custody

    Lawyers:
    王宇 Wang Yu
    包龙军 Bao Longjun
    周世锋 Zhou Shifeng
    李姝云 Li Shuyun
    黄力群 Huang Liqun
    王全璋 Wang Quanzhang
    李和平 Li Heping
    文东海 Wen Donghai

    Activists:
    刘四新 Liu Sixin
    望云和尚 Monk Wangyun
    欧彪峰 Ou Biaofeng

    Placed under residential surveillance, at an unknown location:

    Lawyers:
    隋牧青 Sui Muqing
    谢阳 Xie Yang

    Whereabouts unknown:

    Lawyers:
    刘晓原 Liu Xiaoyuan
    刘士辉 Liu Shihui
    郑恩宠 zheng Enchong
    周立新 Zhou Lixin
    Activists and law firm support staff:
    王芳 Wang Fang
    赵威(又名考拉)Zhao Wei (a.k.a Kao La)
    戈平 Ge Ping
    刘永平 Liu Yongping
    李发旺 Li Fawang
    魏德丰 Wei Defeng
    胡石根 Hu Shigen
    徐知汉 Xu Zhihan

    Amnesty International has collated the list based on various sources and attempted to confirm all information. However, verification remains difficult and not all the information may be up to date.

                 

     For further information, please contact Elizabeth Berton-Hunter, Media Relations 416-363-9933 ext 332 bberton-hunter@amnesty.ca

     

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