採訪/朱智善 編輯/黃億美 後製/陳建銘
CCP Upgrades the Suppression, Lawyer Arrested for Promoting “Official Property Publicity”
Up until April 18, at least seven Chinese citizens were arrested,
because they promoted “Official Property Publicity”.
In addition, Beijing lawyer Ding Jiaxi
All of these forcible detentions of citizens by the
CCP authorities were arrests for “ unlawful assembly “.
The Chinese legal sector says it is entirely lawful for
those citizens to ask for official property publicity,
the reason why the authorities arrested them is the fear
of officials, who are worried that their huge number of properties
and the misdeeds and fraud behind those properties
will be exposed.
Liu Weiguo, a Beijing human rights’ lawyer proposed to
set up “Emergency Lawyers Support Group for Ding Jiaxi”
In the proposal, he wrote that Lawyer Jiaxi had
abandoned his relaxed life.
And dedicated himself to public benefit,
devoted himself to the risk situation for the public.
He is really a moral model in our legal sector.
Today, Lawyer Ding is in danger, which is
the shame of the whole legal sector.
As brothers, we should share his pain without regret;
as friends, we should try our best to help him.
From both the public moral duty and personal friendship
points of view, we can’t wait and do nothing.
Lawyers who want to join the supporting group,
please notify me.
After this statement and offer,
many lawyers followed his suggestion.
Liu Weiguo said that Ding used appealing, advocating , and
teaming up with others to ask for official property publicity.
And education equality rights, which is like taking a
stand on the street to publicly ask for these rights.
There’s nothing illegal in such an act.
It’s just using one’s basic rights as a citizen.
Liu Weiguo: “If the human rights of a lawyer can’t be
protected, then the basic rights of citizens will be trampled by the authorities.
In the case of lawyer Ding Jiaxi, he asked for official property
publicity ,which is the right of a citizen and an obligation of the official.
There is no violation of the law
in such a request.”
After learning that Ding Jiaxi had been arrested,
many petitioners protested with banners.
The banners read “don’t destroy the China Dream ,
release innocent lawyer Ding Jiaxi!” .
Qin Yongmin, the founder of China Human Rights Watch
who is also a human rights activist.
He wrote an open letter to Xi Jinping,
the CCP General Secretary on April 18
He urged Xi to respect and protect human rights,
release the citizens who have been detained
because they had asked for official property
publicity in Beijing.
The open letter also said that it’s the Traffic Safety division,
Beijing Public Security Bureau who arrested these citizens.
Qin Yongmin thought this is not a traffic issue, there must
have been reasons behind the arrests by traffic police.
Qin Yongmin, a Chinese human rights activist,
“The power of corruption in China’s officialdom is endemic.
Officials may have much to fear if you ask for
details of properties to be published.
The current money-power trading is out of control,
it is known that all officials have illegal property.”
On December 9, 2012, Sun Hanhui, Ding Jiaxi and other
citizens joint published an open letter, to ask 205 officials
whose level is no lower than ministerial, to publish property
details for public scrutiny
The open letter collected more than
7000 citizens’ signatures.
It was handed to the Standing Committee of
the National People’s Congress during the two sessions.
Ding also asked for the rights of equal education.
Liu Weiguo: “If they are afraid of the property publicized,
it shows that there’s some issue within their property.
In possession of huge amounts of unidentified property,
officials are afraid that their evil will be exposed.
They then suppress citizens who ask for
Liu Weiguo pointed out that the CCP authorities summoned
Ding Jiaxi on a charge of “suspected an unlawful assembly”.
This action is undisguised retaliation for Ding’s enquiry.
Liu Weiguo: “There’s no law in the world that allows official s
to hide their property details legally.
In China, there are government officials who commit the
‘crime of possessing huge unidentified property’.
Because this kind of acquisition is a crime, we must assure
in law that official’s property be published for public information.
It is unacceptable that officials’ property can be illegally
appropriated, with records hidden.”
Liu Weiguo said that if the official can’t verify
the legal resource of his or her income,
it is an indication that the “crime of misappropriation”
has been committed, and the official must accept responsibility for his crime.
This being implicated in law, the one who is arrested
will not be the innocent citizen.