Hong Kong lawyers and activists hold silent protest 3 years into China’s crackdown on human rights lawyers

A group of lawyers and activists including the Progressive Lawyers Group held a silent protest on Monday outside Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal, marking the third anniversary of the Chinese government’s large-scale crackdown on human rights lawyers.

709事件默站抗議 (Protest against 709 Crackdown)

昨天為709大抓捕的三周年。然而,內地對維權律師的打壓仍未遏止 (Yesterday marked the 3rd anniversary of the 709 Crackdown carried out in the PRC against human rights lawyers. Even so, the widespread oppression of human rights lawyers continues).

「709」事件三週年 團體終院外默站 促北京釋放內地維權律師

中國維權律師關注組今日傍晚(9日)連同法律界人士,於終審法院門外默站7分09秒,以表達毋忘3年前的7月9日,大批內地維權律師遭拘捕事件。 關注組主席何俊仁要求內地,立即釋放被捕律師及人士,並停止所有秋後算賬的行為,他強調「律師的天職是法律制度之下,爭取每個人都應有的權利,伸張法律公義。」

全球法律團體聯合聲明 — 強烈譴責中國政府以吊銷、註銷律師執業證之手段持續打壓維權律師 (Joint Statement to Strongly Condemn the Chinese Government’s Suppression against Human Rights Lawyers through Revocation and Invalidation of Lawyers’ Licenses)

自2015年7月爆發轟動全球的「709大抓捕」起,中國政府打壓維權律師的行動已持續近三年。雖已接近尾聲,但打壓行動並未停止,而是從「刑事抓捕」轉變為更為隱秘的「行政懲戒」——即直接吊銷或註銷維權律師的執業證,剝奪維權律師的執業權。[1]據我們觀察,在最近8個月內,全中國已有17名維權律師及3間事務所陸續被吊銷或註銷執業證。對此,我們表示強烈譴責,並認為,中國政府的做法已嚴重違反中國憲法、律師法及國際法有關尊重和保障律師執業權利及公民權利的國家義務,中國政府應當立即無條件撤銷對受影響律師作出的吊銷或註銷執業證的各項決定,並停止對維權律師群體的一切管控和打壓 (The Chinese government has continued its repression against human rights lawyers for almost 3 years since the start of the sensational and unprecedented “709 Crackdown” in July 2015. While the crackdown has seemingly come to an end, the suppression has not yet ceased. Apart from the manoeuvre of criminal detention, the Chinese government has now resorted to a subtler form of repression, administrative penalty, which involves revocation or invalidation of lawyers’ legal practice licenses, thus depriving them of their right to practice law).

【法政巴絲】微笑的力量 — 向709人權律師的太太們致敬

艾思@法政巴絲: 「原來,最強大的武器不是槍和坦克;不是監控和維穩網絡;也不是牢獄和酷刑。政權可以禁錮一個人的身體,限制他的行動,但無法消滅他的希望與信念。而這種希望與信念,就像燃點一朵小小的燈火,溫柔但光亮,甚至照亮一整片黑暗。」 向709律師的太太和家人們,遙遙送上我們的祝福!

709大抓捕兩周年 律師學者默站聲援

709大抓捕兩周年,世界各地人權組織均籌辦首屆中國人權律師節,香港的中國維權律師關注組今天亦發起7分09秒的默站行動,抗議中共政府打壓維權律師。中國維權律師關注組主席何俊仁表示,雖然709事件中維權律師遭受酷刑對待,但無法抹殺人民追求人權、自由的精神。他又指即使劉曉波或將重病逝世,但其精神亦不會消失,將伴隨追求自由民主人士繼續抗爭,強調市民不會向強權低頭。

「709大抓捕」一週年:法律界人士、家屬發聲

(BCC中文網) 多個國際律師機構、法律專家於周六(7月9日)向中國國家主席習近平發出公開信,要求習近平維持法治,釋放被囚的維權律師及人士。

709大抓捕一周年,全球法律人致信習近平主席 (An Open Letter by Legal Professionals To President Xi Jinping On the Occasion of the anniversary of the 709 Crackdown)

以下是法政匯思與各地的官方與公民社會法律界團體就709中國維權律師大抓捕一週年的公開聯署信。 The following is an open letter from the Progressive Lawyers Group and various formal and civil society lawyers groups around the world in relation to the first anniversary of the crackdown on human rights lawyers in China.