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Regarding the Request to Establish a Special Independent Committee to Investigate Torture Claims Relating to the Handling of “709” Cases

May 14, 2017

Reports continue to expose the serious human rights violations committed against lawyers and activists arrested in the 709 Crackdown. In addition to attorneys Xie Yang, Li Heping, Li Chunfu, as well as activist Wu Gan, many rights defenders caught up in the crackdown are reported to have been subjected to beatings, forced feeding of of unknown drugs, violence, sleep deprivation, and the use of instruments of restraint, among other abuses. In light of these reports, a group ofmore than 80 Chinese lawyers and rights activists have written a letter to the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress calling for the immediate establishment of a special committee in accordance with the constitution to conduct an independent investigation into the torture allegations and the illegal and criminal problems relating to the 709 Crackdown. The group is calling for a nation-wide release of the results of such an investigation, and is urging the authorities to pursue legal action against relevant personnel who have violated the law or committed crimes.

The letter is open for signature at this email:










卢思位 律师  丁家喜 律师
葛文秀 律师  刘书庆 律师
王清鹏 律师  黄汉中 律师
王   磊 律师  覃永沛 律师
杨在新 律师  覃臣寿 律师
张庭源 律师  陈家鸿 律师
李金星 律师  张   磊 律师
张赞宁 律师  许思龙 律师
郭连辉 律师  王秋实 律师
何   伟 律师  邹丽慧 律师
吴魁明 律师  于庸河 公民
王晓霞 公民  张宝成 公民
刘珏帆 公民  宋宁生 律师
袁小华 公民  许光利 公民
谭家骥 律师  杨名跨 律师
舒向新 律师  吕方芝 律师
陈进学 律师  文东海 律师
李威达 律师  钟锦化 律师
瞿  远 律师  蔡   瑛 律师
李方平 律师  童朝平 律师
陈以轩 律师  于   全 律师
李永恒 律师  马连顺 律师
张重实 律师  卢廷阁 律师
陈金华 律师  任全牛 律师
罗   茜 公民  张   海 律师
曾   义 律师  孟   猛 律师
徐红卫 律师  纪中久 律师
刘正清 律师  王振江 律师
温海波 律师  滕   彪 律师
刘   巍 律师  蒋援民 律师
许桂娟 律师  郑恩宠 律师
常伯阳 律师  蔺其磊 律师
刘士辉 律师  唐吉田 律师
余文生 律师  王秋实 律师
梁小军 律师  王清鹏 律师
陈建刚 律师  李   蔚 公民
甄江华 公民  古   懿 公民
苏雨桐 记者  曲   彪 公民
徐剧评 公民  守   义 公民
李贵生 律师  戴光来 公民
燕旺利 公民  王   刚 公民
邹   利 公民  陈泽霖 公民


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