All Out Efforts Needed To Rescue Detained Human Rights Lawyers
On this Monday, many lawyers and citizens across the Mainland are arriving at Jiansanjiang of Jiamusi City in Heilongjiang Province.They and calling for the right to interview four human rights lawyers who are being detained in Jiansanjiang Detention Centre.However, as of now there is no response from the Centre.
Currently there are more lawyers and citizens on their way to the Centre to join in the efforts of the rescue campaign.In addition, a signature drive and flashmobs on the Internet are also being undertaken in the rescue efforts.
On March 24, four lawyers, Jiang Yuanmin, Zhang Keke, Hu Guiyun and Cai Ying
and some citizens for the rescue campaign prepare to interview the illegally detained laywers Tang Jitianand Jiang Tianyong,and the unlawfully confined laywers Wang Cheng and Zhang Junjie at Qixing Detention Centre of Jiangsanjiang.
Just after 12pm of March 24, NTD rang lawyer Jiang Yuanmin.
Jiang Yuanmin: “We are taking actions now and there is no new progress. If there are any new developments, please contact the suppor team."
Later the correspondent rang the rescue team member Zhou Zhou,a citizen from Hunan Province.He says, in the early morning, lawyers and citizens from all across the country are holding placards at the gate of the local Public Security Bureau calling for their release.
They also require an interview them, but no response.
Zhou Zhou: “Tonight (March 24) more lawyers will arrive,and more people will join the rescue efforts tomorrow,But currently our rescue team are in control of the numbers of people in the action plan.We try to keep control of the number of people on the front line, at any given time because this action might last for a long time.So we need to manage the campaign, save the funds and lower the risk for all of us.If we all act together and all of us are caught,then there is no one to take further actions."
On March 20, four human rights lawyers Tang Jitian,Jiang Tianyong, Wang Cheng and Zhang Junjie,and the family members of 9 illegally detained citizens,
made their third visit to the so-called “Legal Education Base"at Qinglongshan Farmland of the General Bureau of Jiangsanjiang Agricultural Reclamation of Heilongjiang Province,and called for the release of the 9 illegally detained citizens.
The lawyers also visited the local procuratorate department to prosecute the “Legal Education Base" for illicitly abducting citizens.
However, in the morning of March 21, the four lawyers were unlawfully confined by local authorities.In the afternoon of same day, several hundred lawyers
from China’s Human Rights Lawyer Group issued a common announcement;
strongly protesting and seriously denouncing the detention of the human rights lawyers.In addition, some lawyers and citizens from various places arrive in Jiansanjiang for joining the rescue action.
On March 22, Beijing lawyer Teng Biao and human rights activists advocated Internet “Flashmobs",ask netizens to distribute to all the corners of the Internet with the relevant information on the Jiansanjiang “Black Prison"
and the Illicit detention of human rights lawyers including text, appeal letters, photos, comments etc.But relevant information about the four confined lawyers have been blocked on Weibo.
On March 23, local human rights activists confirm:
lawyers Jiang Tianyong and Tang Jitian have been punished with 15 days administrative detention in Qixing Detention Centre of Jiangsanjiang on the so called crime of:"Using cult activities endangering the society".Lawyers Wang Cheng and Zhang Junjie and other citizens are all confined in the local Custody Center.
Tonight, around one hundred citizens and lawyers from many places set out or plan to visit Heilongjiang to join in the rescue efforts.
Beijing lawyer Xie Yanyi, who wrote the article:"No Rehabilitating The False Case Against Falun Gong’s. This, Leads To Continuous Disasters For The Country",
says that the local police in Jiansanjiang arresting and confining lawyers
is an audacious crime of undisguised abuse of official power.
Beijing Kaitai Law Firm’s lawyer Xie Yanyi:"the situation lawyers Mr Tang and Mr Jiang are facingis very tough.So we need to have more concern and more determined rescue efforts. Or we should visit there if possible.We all need to go there. We also need to use collective efforts and wisdom.At this critical time when the legal system is dying and the society is at its most perilous state, every one of us should make our efforts."
On March 23, Beijing lawyer Li Fangping appealed a government information publicity for setting up “Legal Education Base" from the General Bureau of Heilongjiang Agricultural Reclamation.
Falun Gong spokesman Mr Zhang Erping says that,since the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Authorities abolished the Labour Camp System,
the CCP regime still confine Falun Gong practitioners in so-called “Legal Education Base’, “Admonishment Institute"and “Black Jails".
Zhang Erping: “The ongoing persecution policies of the CCP on Falun Gong is secretly carried out now rather than openly executed.Because in the international society and under such a domestic situation, any persecution actions and supporting of the persecution will spark a strong protest from the society."
It is understood that the Criminal Law produced by the CCP references the crime of “Using cult organization to undermine law implementation."
For so many years, the CCP Authorities often fraudently use such an article to brutally persecute Falun Gong practitioners who follow “Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance."
Interview & Edit/ LiYun Post-Production/LiYong