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Interpol rescinds arrest warrant for dissident Chinese judge living in Canada, calling it politically motivated

Interpol ruled there is evidence to back up Xie Weidong’s contention that the prosecution was instituted for over his criticism of China's legal system

Tom Blackwell

August 23, 2019


                                      XIE Weidong

Interpol has taken the rare step of quashing its arrest warrant for a dissident Chinese judge living in Toronto, saying the “red notice” was likely issued for political reasons and could undercut the organization’s neutral stance.

China had requested the notice in 2014 after charging Xie Weidong, 62, with accepting a bribe to favour one party in a civil dispute he adjudicated.

But the “Commission for the control of Interpol files” ruled there is evidence to back up Xie’s contention that the whole prosecution was instituted for political reasons related to his outspoken criticism of the country’s legal system.

His application for permanent resident status here, based on marriage to a Canadian woman, was initially rejected because of the red notice [of Interpol], but is now being reassessed, said Fon.



                                     MENG Hongwei

Meng Hongwei 孟宏伟, head of Interpol, is under investigation for "violating the law. In November, 2016 he was appointed president of Interpol, the first Chinese to hold this role in an international police body. Former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei pleaded guilty at a trial in China to accepting USD 2.1 million in bribes.


                                   Jiang Tianyong     Human Rights Lawyer

China Finds Lawyer Who Exposed Torture Allegations Guilty of Inciting Subversion


NOV. 21, 2017

BEIJING — A Chinese human rights lawyer who has supported the families of other lawyers and activists detained in a sweeping crackdown since 2015 was declared guilty on Tuesday of inciting subversion by a court in southern China and sentenced to two years in prison.

The defendant, Jiang Tianyong, told the court in Changsha, capital of Hunan Province, that he would not appeal. But his family, human rights groups and other supporters have condemned his trial in August as a carefully staged sham, and rights advocates called the verdict a vendetta after Mr. Jiang helped bring to light another lawyer’s allegations that he had been brutalized in custody.


人权律师江天勇被判颠覆罪,获刑两年 纽约时报中文网 2017年11月21日





                                            Jiang Tianyong’s ( 江天勇)

Last Interview

Chinese Lawyer Jiang Tianyong’s ( 江天勇) Last Major Interview Before His Disappearance

Very recently, Chinese human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong went incommunicado after a work trip to south central China. Jiang was in Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province, to look into the detention of fellow rights lawyer Xie Yang.

Once, I asked my interrogator: “You’re human, and so am I. So why would you do such an inhuman thing?” He stared blankly for a couple of seconds, then struck me again in the face. “You are not human,” he said. I stood up and looked at him. He hit me again, but I continued to stand back up. My mouth was full of blisters from that beating… I was also interrogated in the evenings to deprive me of sleep; for five days, I wasn’t allowed a wink. As a Christian, however, I felt all along that God was by my side.

Beatings and verbal abuse aren’t the worst to endure. Forced indoctrination is. They compel you to say that black is white; I nearly suffered a mental collapse! What you believe to be white, they will eventually make you yourself proclaim it to be black. It’s not even a simple matter of admitting that something is black; you are required to, at a deep, fundamental level, state the logic of why black is white. Neutral terms aren’t allowed, only their terminology. The entire process of forced ideological conversion could drive one insane.



Activist Confesses to Subversion in Chinese Show Trial


AUG. 22, 2017

Jiang Tianyong 江天勇, a Chinese human rights lawyer, confessed to subversion at a trial on Tuesday.

BEIJING — A Chinese human rights attorney, who rose to prominence defending other activists, confessed to trying to overthrow the Communist Party on Tuesday, in a trial reported across the country and choreographed as an attack on liberal political ideas.

The attorney, Jiang Tianyong 江天勇 was well known for his vociferous support of dissidents amid a nationwide crackdown on dissent. But at his trial in Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province in southern China, which was streamed live on the internet and shown on television news, a soft-spoken Mr. Jiang appeared defeated.

He pleaded guilty to inciting subversion of the state, voiced contrition in a calm, practiced voice, and asked for mercy. His wife and supporters said his confession was forced and possibly the result of torture after nearly a year in secret detention.

At trial, Mr. Jiang said he had been led astray by indoctrination in Western notions of the rule of law.


                                      Xie Weidong

Guilty by association: China targets relatives of dissident exiled in Canada

Nathan VanderKlippe
BEIJING — The Globe and Mail

 Jan. 11, 2017

Moments later, the young man was gone. The family was told he was taken nearly 1,300 kilometres south to Hubei province, although they have not been able to locate him at detention facilities there. Police say he is suspected of embezzlement.

His family believes his real crime in the eyes of Chinese authorities is being the son of Xie Weidong, 60, a former Supreme People’s Court Justice who moved to Canada in 2014 and has been an outspoken critic of China’s justice system. Chinese authorities accuse the elder Mr. Xie of corruption. But bringing him back from Toronto would also silence him.

But Chinese authorities appear to be employing a tactic that has become increasingly common during sweeping recent campaigns against dissidents and officials accused of corruption – campaigns whose reach has often, like with Mr. Xie, extended far beyond China’s borders. “They’re using these cruel measures to force me to go back for questioning,” Mr. Xie says.


Crime and Punishment of China's Rights Lawyers

In the eyes of those in power, concessions in the area of rights would have only a minor effect on promoting the continued economic development upon which the legitimacy of their rule ultimately depends. But once the civil society that is now developing by leaps and bounds gains possession of these rights, it will significantly increase the capacity to organize and mobilize, civil society will have a much higher level of integration, and it will be much harder to curb progress toward political liberalization. For precisely these reasons, the rights defence movement--particularly rights defence activity in the area of civil and political rights--has become a focus of the authorities, something that must be vigorously suppressed.

Rights lawyers occupy a core position in the rights defence movement. They are direct participants in rights defence cases, and they also act to disseminate information about these cases and explain their significance. Rights lawyers thus play a pivotal role as bridges drawing links between specific cases and the wider social environment. Individual rights cases can take on broader legal and political significance and become part of the rights defence movement only through the efforts of rights defence lawyers. Of the "New Black Five Categories" only rights defence lawyers work with all groups participating in rights defence actions, including petitioners, followers of underground religions, dissidents and Internet leaders. Naturally the authorities cannot overlook this important, central role played by rights defence lawyers. Therefore, ever since the rise of the rights defence movement, the authorities have met that movement with repression each step of the way.

Mo Zhixu
China Change
July 23, 2015

Scores of rights lawyers arrested after nationwide swoop in China

By Ivan Watson and Stephen Jiang

July 13, 2015      CNN

Chinese authorities have detained and interrogated scores of human rights lawyers and activists nationwide, according to a Hong Kong-based rights group, prompting condemnation from the U.S. government and international advocacy groups,

At least 146 lawyers, activists and their relatives have been taken into custody or questioned by police in 24 Chinese cities and provinces over the past few days

China Arrested More Than 100 Human-Rights Lawyers and Activists Over the Weekend

by Nash Jenkins  

July 12, 2015   CNN

One of the first lawyers arrested was Wang Yu, a prominent Beijing civil rights attorney. She went missing early Thursday morning after she returned home from dropping her family at the airport to find her electricity and Wi-Fi shut off.

“Everyone knows that they have detained Wang Yu because she is an outstanding example of … a human-rights lawyer in China,” attorney Chen Jianggang told Radio Free Asia.

Beijing Locks Up the Lawyers  China’s tactic: If you can’t beat them, abduct them.

The Wall Street Journal

July 12, 2015

The real reason for this crackdown is a rising rights consciousness among ordinary Chinese. Though they know the legal system offers scant protection, many Chinese citizens are willing to file a lawsuit when their civil or property rights are violated. And though they know the result could be prison or worse, they often make a fuss using the Internet and every other means at their disposal.

The stubborn lawyers who defend these stubborn clients represent a challenge to the Party’s claim to stand above the rule of law. And that is why extralegal methods are used against them. Most of the families of the detained lawyers have not even been notified, also in violation of Chinese law. They have simply disappeared into secret prisons.

She was a quiet commercial lawyer. Then China turned against her.

By Anna Fifield

The Washington Post

July 18, 2015

But several months later, it was Wang Yu — not the men who beat her — who was charged with “intentional assault.” After a lengthy and questionable legal process, she spent 21/2 years in jail.

There, she saw how prisoners were forced to work for no pay and heard their tales of being mistreated and tortured, her friends and associates say. When she emerged in 2011, Wang had transformed into a human rights advocate, taking on some of the most high-profile cases in China.

Sentences of Civil Rights Lawyers

August 5, 2016


Hu Shigen had pleaded guilty to "subversion, damaging national security and harming social stability" at the start of his hearing before the Tianjin No. 2 Intermediate People's Court.  He was sentenced to 7 ½ years in prison on subversion charges.


Zhou Shifeng who is the founder of a Chinese law firm known for representing cases against the government has been sentenced to seven years in prison for subversion.  He also "played a major role in a group of activists who attempted to manipulate public opinion and damage national security by spreading subversive thoughts," state media quoted the verdict as saying.                            

How Chinese rights lawyer’s courtroom mea culpa went off script

South China Morning Post

August 22, 2016     Jun Mai

Zhou Shifeng was supposed to express little beyond regret for his “subversive” acts and gratitude towards the prosecutors and judges, who sent him to jail for seven years, for handling the case “fairly”. It was also supposed to hit the headlines the next day.
In a 10-minute final statement, the Peking University law school master’s degree holder praised China’s legal system, saying it was “so much beyond the Western rule of law”, and that the trial would “stand the test of the world”.


Guo Hongguo  was originally held on suspicion of “creating a disturbance,” but in mid-August 2015, authorities denied Gou a visit from his lawyer on national security grounds, saying the charge had been changed to “inciting subversion of state power.”  On August 5, 2016 he was sentenced to three years (suspended) for three years for subversion of state power. 


                                                          Wang Yu

A jailed Chinese human rights lawyer who was due to receive the ABA’s first International Human Rights Award in absentia has reportedly been released on bail after delivering a videotaped “confession.” However, the confession seemed coerced. No one  has seen Wang Yu since her supposed release. Her husband is still under arrest. Is she free in any sense when her husband is still under arrest and child under detention?


Wang told Oriental Daily she "won't acknowledge, won't recognize and won't accept" the award, a word-for-word echo of China's terse and much-repeated promise that it "won't acknowledge, won't recognize and won't accept" the recent ruling on the South China Sea.

If defence and human rights lawyers are incarcerated for subversion then why should Canada negotiate with Chinese trade lawyers for a China-Canada Free Trade Agreement?  If Freedom of Navigation may be lost then is free trade considered to be free? Does Canada really have to redefine the word "Free" to bind itself to a China-Canada Free Trade Agreement?

China: Subversion Charges Target Lawyers 

January 14, 2016 

The families of the 11 formally arrested received arrest notices from the police dated January 8 and 9, 2016. Seven were arrested for the crime of “subversion of state power,” while three were arrested for “inciting subversion of state power.” The 11 formally arrested are:

Hu Shigen, a veteran rights activist, was arrested for “inciting subversion.” 

Zhou Shifeng, a lawyer and the director of Beijing Fengrui Law Firm, which has hired lawyers undertaking human rights work. He was arrested for “subversion”.

Wang Yu, a lawyer and employee of Fengrui, was arrested for “subversion.” 

Wang Quanzhang, a lawyer and employee of Fengrui, was arrested for “subversion.”

Li Shuyun, a trainee lawyer at Fengrui, was arrested for “subversion.” 

Zhao Wei (known as Kaola), the assistant of Beijing-based human rights lawyer Li Heping, was arrested for “subversion.” 

Liu Sixin, administrative assistant of Fengrui, was arrested for “subversion.”

Bao Longjun, a citizen legal representative who is applying to become a trainee lawyer and husband of Wang Yu, was arrested for “inciting subversion.”

Xie Yang, a Hunan-based lawyer, was arrested for “inciting subversion.”

Xie Yanyi, a Beijing-based lawyer, was arrested for “inciting subversion.”
Gao Yue, the assistant of Li Heping, was arrested for “assisting the destruction of evidence.” 


September 23, 2016

Xia Lin, whose clients include artist Ai Weiwei, was found guilty of fraudulently obtaining $700,000 (£550,000) to pay off gambling debts.
But supporters say he is innocent and that the move is designed to intimidate human rights lawyers.

Last year, China detained hundreds of rights lawyers, in what critics described as an organised crackdown.

Many lawyers have since been released - but several remain in detention, with their wives and families denied access to them.

Chinese Human Rights Defenders
Empowering Human Rights and Empowering Grassroots Activism in China
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s lawyer sentenced to 12 years for fraud

September 25, 2016  


Originally published by CNN on September 24, 2016 (CNN)A lawyer for the renowned Chinese artist and government critic Ai Weiwei was sentenced to 12 years jail on Thursday, in a case his supporters say was politically motivated. Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court found Xia Lin guilty of almost 10 million (read more…)

China jails prominent rights lawyer for 12 years
September 25, 2016 

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