Hong Kong Lawyers and activists gather at the Court of Final Appeal at 6 pm and stand silently for 7 minutes 9 seconds to protest the mass arrest of human rights lawyers in China on 9 July 2015 on its fourth anniversary on Tuesday.
Four years after the ‘709 crackdown’ on rights lawyers, many of about 321 rights lawyers, legal assistants and activists arrested across China are still in jail, detained or under strict surveillance.
Wang Quanzhang, who had been secretly detained for nearly 1100 days, has been jailed for 4.5 years in January and his wife and family were not allowed to visit him until 28 June. His wife Li Wenzu has since expressed serious concern for his health and well-being as a result of ill-treatment; Lawyer Yu Wensheng, the defense lawyer of Wang Quanzhang, has been under arbitrary detention for more than 500 days, and is awaiting sentencing after being secretly tried on 9th May 2019.
The activists also condemn the new trend of administrative punishment by revoking the licenses of the rights lawyers. From Jan 2017 to Sep 2019, licenses of 26 rights lawyers and law firms had been revoked, invalidated or suspended.
They strongly condemn the Chinese Government ‘s relentless and ruthless suppression against people in pursuit of freedom of speech, justice and rule of law.