October 30, 2010
Updated October 31, 2010 8:14 a.m. CDT
BEIJING — At 6:30 a.m. on October 30th, Christian human rights lawyers Jiang Tianyong and Li Subin were blocked from leaving the country at Beijing International Airport and Shanghai Pudong International Airport, respectively.
They were scheduled to arrive in the US after accepting invitations for academic exchanges with American legal scholars and to observe processes of the mid-term election. The Chinese authorities refused to give reasons for stopping them.
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It is reported that when asked who gave the order to block the lawyers, the airport border inspection officer said, “The headquarters of Domestic Security Protection Squad.” When the lawyers asked them who informed the border inspection of this decision, the officer said, “Our own system; an internal system.”
Human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong represented in the missing Gao Zhisheng, who was nominated for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. Li Subin once testified on the human rights situation in China in EU Parliament Human Rights Committee. He is also one of the lawyers representing the blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng.
ChinaAid will continue to report on the development of this incident in the coming news releases.
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