TAIPEI: A second Chinese lawyer who represented a Hong Kong activist was stripped of his licence on Tuesday (Feb 2) as Beijing makes an attempt to crush opposition to its tighter management over the territory.
Ren Quanniu, who represented certainly one of 12 Hong Kong activists who tried to flee to Taiwan, stated he had his licence revoked by the Henan Provincial Justice Department.
Ten of the 12 activists caught at sea in August had been sentenced by a Shenzhen court docket in December to jail phrases ranging from seven months to a few years for crossing the border illegally and organising the crossings. The two different activists are minors.
Thousands of Hong Kong residents have fled the territory since Beijing’s imposition of a troublesome new safety legislation that some say is destroying the territory’s Western-style civil liberties.
Since the legislation was launched in response to anti-government protests that started in 2019, dozens of activists have been arrested or detained.
The Henan Judicial Department held a listening to on the licence revocation on Friday in Zhengzhou, the provincial capital, in accordance with different attorneys who turned as much as help Ren. They weren’t allowed into the listening to.
Ren is the second lawyer to have his license stripped by the authorities for dealing with the activists’ case. Two weeks in the past, judicial officers in Sichuan took away the licence of Lu Siwei, one other lawyer on the case.
Ren was advised that feedback he made in court docket in a case in 2018 defending Falun Gong practitioners had brought on a “negative impact on society”, in accordance with a discover from the Henan Justice Department that he confirmed to the Associated Press.
An official who answered the telephone on the Henan Justice Department declined to touch upon the case, saying they didn’t deal immediately with media.
Ren has years of expertise in dealing with human rights circumstances in China. He has defended individuals affiliated with the Falun Gong, a non secular motion which China has labelled a cult and is the topic of persecution after its followers protested in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1999.
Most just lately, he represented citizen journalist Zhang Zhan, who was sentenced to 4 years in jail final December for trying to report on the scenario within the metropolis of Wuhan in the course of the onset of the coronavirus pandemic early final yr.