新唐人记者梁欣 李元翰 周天 综合报导
Rights Lawyers Still Missing in China
Movements in North Africa and the Middle East
have stirred responses in China, but the CCP
(Chinese Communist Party) continue to suppress
activists and dissidents on a large scale.
Since February, many human rights lawyers have
been kidnapped, raising international concerns.
The recently released refuse to reveal their ordeals.
Outside concerns have been abused by the CCP.
On April 29, Li Fangping, a Beijing legal consultant
was forcibly taken away at 5:30 PM
after case discussions on discrimination
about hepatitis B virus carriers.
In 2010, Li Fangping counseled poison milk powder
victim’s parent Zhao Lianhai. Li also once defended
Falun Gong practitioners. In 2006, when counseling
Chen Guangcheng, Li was beaten in Shandong.
In 2008, Li disappeared from his home, while
he and Li Jinsong were counseling activist Hu Jia.
Since February this year, human rights lawyers
have been frequently abducted including Teng Biao,
Jiang Tianyong, Tang Jitian, Liu Yuan,
Jin Guanghong, Liu Shihui, Tang Jingling,
Liu Zhengqing, and Li Tiantian.
Some are still missing.
Zhang Jiankang (Shaanxi human rights lawyer):
“Based on international human rights law,
enforced disappearance is against humanity.
The CCP took it as a rule method.
It will only lose its own credibility.”
On April 29, attorney Teng Biao in Beijing
returned home after missing for 70 days.
His wife said he hasn’t spoken of his disappearance,
and currently refuses to speak anything about it.
Attorney Jiang Tianyong, arrested on the same day
as Teng, and attorney Liu Xiaoyuan,
who has been missing for 5 days, returned home
on April 19. But none speak of what happened
during their time away. Attorney Tang Jitian
is under home arrest in Jilin Province.
According to Human Rights Defenders,
Beijing attorney Jin Guanghong who has defended
Falun Gong practitioners was released on April 19.
He recalled his kidnap, where he was taken
from the streets on April 8 or 9, and then thrown
into detention centers and psychiatric hospitals.
He was beaten, tied up in bed to take injections,
medication, and even forced-fed through his nose.
Attorney Liu Zhengqing in Guangzhou was arrested
on March 25 and his home was ransacked.
Now he has been released on bail. His family said
his arrest may be related to his Falun Gong case.
Attorney Liu Shihui in Guangzhou was attacked
in February during the first Jasmine activities.
His leg bones were broken. Several days later,
police took him away and ransacked his home.
He is now in a 6-month monitoring residence.
Attorney Tang Jingling in Guangzhou was arrested
in late February. After his release,
his face looked rigid, as if not recognizing people.
He is currently in a monitoring residence,
because of “inciting subversion to state power,"
On April 13, attorney Ni Yulan was disabled
and detained since being against forced evictions
for the Olympics, becoming the first lawyer detained
after Jasmine activities. Albert Ho, Chairman
of Chinese Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group
in Hong Kong strongly condemned this.
Cao Changqing (commentator): “A long-term strong
suppression will arouse great rebounds in society.
These lawyers did not try to overthrow the CCP,
having no such political demands or slogans.
Still CCP arrested them frequently at will.
Even those who did some rights-safeguarding
activities, like Ai Weiwei, were caught up too.
The arrests will encourage CCP’s insiders,
including high-level officials with different views,
and will awake ordinary Chinese people.”
Hong Kong’s TVB station documentary
“Chinese Lawyers Dancing In Shackles", showed
the difficulties of Chinese lawyers under
a dependent judiciary, with stories of famous
Chinese attorneys Zhang Sizhi, Xu Zhiyong, etc.
Human rights lawyers have been persecuted more
by CCP in recent years. UN human rights
organizations, U.S. State Department,
Amnesty International and others, are concerned
on cases like that of Gao Zhisheng,
missing for over a year, and blind lawyer
Chen Guangcheng who is monitored closely.
The U.S. recently reviewed human rights in China
and revealed rights infringements are worsening.
NTD reporters Liang Xin, Li Yuanhan and Zhou Tian