News & Updates
May 23, 2015 – The Chinese authorities indicted lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, a well-known human rights defender living in Beijing, earlier this month. It is an unjust action against a conscientious lawyer, and we demand that the Chinese government release Pu immediately.
May 19,2015 – Authorities in the Chinese capital have released Qu Zhenhong, niece and former defense attorney of jailed rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, on “bail,” her lawyers said.
May 15, 2015 – Beijing Municipal Procuratorate Second Branch said in an announcement on Sina Weibo that Pu Zhiqiang would be tried for “inciting ethnic hatred” and for “picking quarrels and provoking incidents” in a series of comments he had made on the Internet.
May 15, 2015 – One of China’s best-known human rights lawyers, Pu Zhiqiang, will stand trial in Beijing on charges of inciting ethnic hatred and picking quarrels, prosecutors said on Friday. Their announcement came just over a year after the police detained Mr. Pu, making him one of the most prominent targets of the Chinese Communist Party’s vigorous campaign against dissent.
May 15, 2015 – A prominent Chinese human rights lawyer who used to act for artist Ai Weiweihas been charged with inciting ethnic hatred and “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” – offences that carry a 10-year jail sentence.
May 4, 2015– Authorities in the Chinese capital have once more extended the detention of prominent rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, who has now spent a year behind bars without trial, after he marked the anniversary of the military crackdown on the 1989 student-led pro-democracy movement.
May 6, 2015 – Today marks the one-year anniversary of the detention of prominent Chinese defense attorney Pu Zhiqiang. Chinese authorities have held Pu Zhiqiang without trial since he was detained May 6, 2014, for participating in a meeting to peacefully mark the 25th anniversary of the violent suppression of demonstrations in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. Pu Zhiqiang is a courageous defense attorney recognized around the world for his tireless work in support of the rule of law in China.
February 27, 2015–Pu’s arrest is of what human rights experts says is the worst crackdown on activists and lawyers China has seen in a decade. China has consistently been among thelowest ranking countries in the press freedom ratings, but since Xi Jinping became China’s leader in 2012, the crackdown on dissent has further intensified. At least 500 human rights activists and dissidents have been arrested and sent to prison. China’s legal system is highly politicised and as a result the case against Pu is rife with irregularities. Human rights organisations are concerned that, with Pu’s potential conviction, self-censorship will become even more pervasive.
Pu Zhiqiang is a prominent civil rights lawyer in Beijing, well known internationally and in the mainstream Chinese media for his work in protecting free speech and abolishing labour camps in China, among other issues. He considers himself a moderate working within the legal system to defend the rights of individuals and bring about change in his native country he feels passionate about. On May 6, 2014, Pu was detained by authorities after attending a private meeting in Beijing where he participated in a discussion about the upcoming 25th anniversary of the military crackdown on student-led protests in Tiananmen Square. On June 13, 2014, he was formally arrested for “creating a public disturbance” and “illegally obtaining the personal information of citizens.” This website aims to provide the latest news, information and legal analyses of the case for “Lawyer Pu,” who now needs legal and public assistance because of the uncertain future he faces. It will also provide information on other rights lawyers who are detained or facing legal proceedings in China.