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May 18, 2010

Authorities ban a Chinese rights lawyer from traveling overseas.

Filed under: Uncategorized — carryanne @ 9:03 pm
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Radio Free Asia: Tang Jitian and another rights lawyer, Liu Wei, were disbarred by legal authorities in Beijing last month for “procedural infractions.”

The decisions resulted from a complaint by a court in Luzhou, in southwestern Sichuan province, where Tang and Liu defended Falun Gong practitioner Yang Ming in his appeal of a trial in April of last year. The action was widely criticized as China’s latest move against human rights lawyers.

The court rejected Yang’s appeal of his conviction for “using an evil cult to destroy implementation of the law,” and Yang is currently serving his five-year sentence, according to Human Rights in China.  The Chinese government officially considers the Falun Gong spiritual movement an illegal, “evil cult.”

On Monday, Tang said he believes that the ban against travel overseas is related to his defense of the Falun Gong practitioner.

“I feel that the two things are connected. They fear my foreign trip could result in the exposure of illegal activities in China’s judiciary system. They have done bad things but still attempted to conceal them.”

Meanwhile, he insisted that all his defense practices were legal.

Blacklisted

Lawyer Liu Wei said Monday that she had also received harsh scrutiny when crossing into Hong Kong two months ago.

“The border police asked me many questions, such as where I work, why I was traveling to Hong Kong, and even the whole itinerary of my trip. I believe my name might be on a blacklist,” Liu said.

She said she would likely meet the same fate as Tang and face a ban on traveling abroad because she had defended a Falun Gong practitioner.

“It is only because we defended a Falun Gong practitioner that our names will be on the blacklist.”

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