ChinaAid Statement on Disappearance of Three Lawyers

China Aid Association

(Midland, Texas–February 28, 2011) Since the prominent human rights lawyer Tang Jitian was arrested on February 16 by Beijing police, 11 days have passed and his whereabouts are still unknown.

Since the prominent Christian human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong was kidnapped by the police at 4 p.m. on February 19, downstairs from his brother’s apartment, eight days has passed and his whereabouts are still unknown. Mrs. Jin Bianling, wife of Jiang Tianyong, has gone to the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau for inquiries, but to no avail. Once, she was told that over 60,000 people are being detained by the Municipal Public Security Bureau and there is no way they could confirm if Lawyer Jiang Tianyong was among them .

On the afternoon of the same day, the prominent human rights lawyer Dr. Teng Biao was also taken away by the Beijing police and his house was searched. So far, his whereabouts are also unknown.

China Aid Association has been watching these incidents closely and strongly denounces the actions of the Beijing authorities in the forced disappearance of these three human rights lawyers and of human rights activists in other regions of China. Such conduct seriously tramples on the legitimate rights of the Chinese citizens and is also a violation of the UN’s “International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.” Such a gangsterization of the public power and such flagrant violation of the legal system and of civil rights can only aggravate the unrest in the Chinese society, and it will certainly motivate more people into joining the Jasmine Revolution of peaceful civil disobedience.

China Aid Association advises the Chinese government to face reality and the crisis of the legitimacy of its rule, to understand the times we are in and correct the wrong direction in which it has gone astray, to immediately release these three human rights lawyers and other detained but innocent human rights activists, and to stop any form of persecution on their families. Perpetrators of any forms of torture on the human rights defenders will be prosecuted and tried by the relevant mechanism in international law.

Pastor Bob Fu, president of China Aid Association, said, “At this critical historical juncture of transformation of China, the church and Christians should be committed to peace and justice, and should give their prayers and actions for the peaceful transition of the state and the society and for the protection of the people’s basic human rights.”

China Aid Contacts
Rachel Ritchie, English Media Director
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