PETITION, FILMS:The Taiwan Association for Human Rights said that the events are to remind people that rights lawyers in China are paying the price for democracy
Date: Jul 08, 2017
By: Abraham Gerber / Staff reporter
Democracy campaigners yesterday announced plans to hold events tomorrow to draw attention to a
2015 Chinese crackdown on human rights lawyers and renewed calls for Beijing to release Taiwanese human rights advocate Lee Ming-che (李明哲) and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo (劉曉波).
Human rights groups and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Yu Mei-nu (尤美女) at a news conference at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei called for the release of Wu Gan (吳淦), Jiang Tianyong (江天勇), Wang Quanzhang (王全璋) and other Chinese lawyers imprisoned following a crackdown on July 9, 2015, which saw hundreds detained.
“The 2015 crackdown shocked lawyers, non-governmental organizations and Taiwanese society in general,” Taiwanese China Human Rights Lawyers Support Network secretary Chou Ching-chang (周慶昌) said.
“We hope these events on the second anniversary of the crackdown will prompt the Chinese government to respond,” Chou said. [FULL STORY]