Monday, November 29, 2010

Chinese rights defence lawyer detained

VOM's sister mission ChinaAid is reporting that an active member of the Petitioners' Rights Defence Lawyers Association was seized by Beijing police and placed under criminal detention Saturday evening for allegedly trying to encourage subversion of the Chinese government.

Bai Dongping, a new Christian and longtime political activist, was being held at Beijing’s Xicheng District Detention Center. Although police produced no paperwork to authorize apprehending Bai, a document was sent to his family, saying he was being charged with "inciting subversion of state power.”

Since Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo was named the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner, the Chinese authorities have responded by stepping up pressure on religious believers, especially Christians, political activists and rights defence lawyers. Authorities have barred Christians and human rights lawyers from leaving the country to attend international conferences and have been harassing other Christians, activists and rights defence lawyers through actions ranging from detentions to jamming the locks on their homes with superglue.

You can read the full stoy here.

More details about these actions are available at the ChinaAid website.

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