Human Rights Watch Asks France to Talk About Human
Rights With Xi Jinping
On March 25, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader Xi
Jinping visits France as Leader of China for the first time.
On March 24, international NGO Human Rights Watch wrote
a letter to French President Francois Hollande asking him to
strongly discuss human rights with Xi Jinping in public.
The letter asked him to express concerns of the specific cases
of the persecution of prisoners of conscience and deteriorating
human rights situations for ethnic minorities.
Human Rights Watch also asked Hollande to express concern
about initiatives undertaken since the beginning of Xi’s
leadership that limit freedom of expression, especially for civil
society, academics, and writers.
Rescue Mission to Release Four Lawyers in Jiamusi
Concern continues that Jiamusi authorities illegally detained
four lawyers including Jiang Tianyong, Tang Jitian, Wang
Cheng and Zhang Junjie when they were working on the case.
On March 24, a group of lawyers and supporters including
Jiang Yuanmin, Zhang Keke, Hu Guiyun and Cai-ying were
refused entry twice when asking to meet them.
Mainland supporters went to Agribusiness Public Security
Bureau and seven stars detention center to request the
immediate release of the four lawyers.
Currently, people have spontaneously formed rescue missions;
more citizens are gradually participating in the local rescue.
On March 20, four human rights lawyers and nine victims’
relatives went to Qinglongshan brainwashing center to request
the release of detained Falun Gong practitioners.
By March 21, they were all forcibly taken away by the police
and detained the following day.
There is no further information about them now.
Gu Yimin Sentenced When Applying For a June 4 Procession
On March 24, the June 4 dissident Gu Yimin was sentenced
to 18 months in prison on charges of inciting subversion of
state power by Jiangsu Intermediate People’s Court.
His crime was for appling for a protest march in Tiananmen
Square on the anniversary of the June 4 massacre.
Gu Yimin said he would appeal in court.
Gu Yimin’s attorney said Gu Yimin exercised his civil rights
However, two lawyers were violently attacked after the trial
by unidentified persons.
No police attended the scene to stop the attack.