【查詢】: Alan Wong – 中國維權律師關注組（手提: +852 9430 1379）
Protest in Support of Human Rights Lawyer Jiang Tianyong
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Prominent human rights lawyer in China Jiang Tianyong has taken a number of human rights cases including the Taishi Village recall incident and the case of Chen Guangcheng. In 2011, Jiang was abducted by police, disappeared for two months during which he suffered brutal torture. In 2012, he was beaten by public security officers in the Chen Guangcheng case, resulting in the perforation of his left ear drum. In 2014, he was detained and beaten by police in the Jiansajiang case, getting 8 ribs broken. Jiang was disbarred in 2009 as a result of his human rights work. However, his persistence in providing legal assistance and counseling to the underprivileged has gained him the respect as a rights lawyer both in and out of the country.
Jiang was reported missing since 21 November 2016. The endless efforts of his lawyers and family to file the case and seek help from the public security bureau had been futile. It was until 16 December that the news of Jiang being given compulsory criminal measures was disclosed by an online media in the mainland. The information released therein was however incomplete, unsupported or simply untrue. The way the coverage was made comes close to smearing.
In view of the above, the China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group (CHRLCG), the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, New School for Democracy, the Justice & Peace Commission of the H.K. Catholic Diocese as well as the League of Social Democrats will jointly hold a protest tomorrow 23 December in support of lawyer Jiang Tianyong. The Chinese government is called upon to “treat Jiang with justice and fairness”, to “stop the smearing campaign with media trials”, “ensure the basic rights of Jiang on access to lawyers” and “the freedom from torture and cruel treatments”.
We strongly demand for the respective Chinese law enforcing organs to step forth and clarify Jiang’s status, including but not limiting to his whereabouts, his physical and psychological wellbeing. The authorities should also clarify in particular unit and personnel involved in the investigation of Jiang’s case. Jiang’s basic rights to meet with his lawyers and that to have physical and psychological wellbeing protected should also be heeded to in accordance with the law.
Date: 23 December 2016 (Friday)
Venue: Assemble outside the Western Police Station and march to the China Liaison Office
Organisers: China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group (CHRLCG), Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, New School for Democracy, Justice & Peace Commission of the H.K. Catholic Diocese and League of Social Democrats
Speakers: Albert Ho (Chairperson of the CHRLCG), Leung Kwok-hung (Member of the LegCO, League of Social Democrats)
Enquires: Alan Wong – CHRLCG (mobile: +852 9430 1379)