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China Human Rights Lawyers Group's Public Statement on Safeguarding the Legal Rights of Lawyer Liu Yingying

April 6, 2020

On April 2, 2020, the Zhengzhou Lawyers Association issued a disciplinary “warning” to lawyer Liu Yingying(刘莹莹) for posting on her blog an article titled, “Today, family members lined up in a long queue to pick up their relatives’ ashes at the Hankou Funeral Home.“

The warning states that Liu is suspected of disseminating and provoking dissatisfaction with the government by using the Internet and media to hype an unverified situation.

In this public statement, the China Human Rights Lawyers Group expresses its shock and anger at the disciplinary warning and makes the following points:

the Zhengzhou Lawyers Association’s decision violates China’s Constitution and international law;

  • the events mentioned in lawyer Liu’s article have been well documented;
  • in posting her article, lawyer Liu was exercising her right to freedom of speech and has done nothing illegal or improper;
  • it was the Zhengzhou Lawyers Association that has violated the law, committed a breach of contract, and violated human rights; and
  • it was the Zhengzhou Lawyers Association that is defamer of the Communist Party of China and the Chinese government.
  • In light of this, the members of China Human Rights Lawyers Group strongly urge:
  • the All China Lawyers Association to attach great importance to one of its members’ being unlawful suppressed for exercising her civil rights;
  • the All China Lawyers Association and Henan Provincial Lawyers Association to take emergency steps to protect the lawful rights of lawyer Liu Yingying; and
  • the Zhengzhou Lawyers Association to immediately withdraw the sanction against lawyer Liu, apologize to her, and eliminate the negative impact on her reputation.

中国人权律师团就维护刘莹莹律师的合法权益的公开声明

 

中国人权律师团律师公开声明:

要求全国律协、河南律协紧急出面维护刘莹莹律师的合法权益

要求郑州律协撤销处分、赔礼道歉、消除影响

 

中华全国律师协会、河南省律师协会、郑州市律师协会:

2020年4月2日,郑州市律师协会就刘莹莹律师发布《今天,汉口殡仪馆领骨灰的家属排起了长长的队伍》一文(以下称博文)作出“给予警告”的行业处分,决定称该文涉嫌利用网络、媒体炒作未经核实的现象,散布挑动对政府不满言论。

中国人权律师团律师对此表示极其震惊和愤慨,特发表如下声明:

一、言论自由是天赋人权,即便是中国人,也享有言论自由。这一权利来自自然法,任何与此相违背的法律、法规、规定都是反人类、反人性的,都应该被唾弃且一定会被唾弃。

二、郑州市律协的决定违反中国宪法第35条关于言论自由的规定。

我国宪法35条规定中国公民享有言论自由,可见言论自由受中国宪法保护,压制、剥夺言论自由违反宪法。

三、郑州市律协的决定致使中国政府违背《关于律师作用的基本原则》之国际法文件。

中国1988年签署了联合国《关于律师作用的基本原则》,该原则规定:“与其它公民一样,律师也享有言论、信仰、结社和集会的自由。”中国政府签署了该文件并承诺履行其基本原则,但是郑州市律协的决定致使中国政府陷入背信弃义的泥淖之中。

四、郑州市律协的决定将中国共产党及中国政府置于压制言论自由、掩盖疫情真相的不利地位。

郑州市律协所称的处分依据针对的是“影响司法机关依法办理案件”情况,根本不适用于发表社会时评的行为。

刘莹莹律师的文章只是转述真相。武汉的殡仪馆前排长队这一事实,广东共青团、财经网均作过报道,有图有文字;追着救护车哭泣奔跑的女孩、武汉一家三口的惨状、跳桥事件等人间惨剧,以及张展朋友圈、谢燕益公开信截图,都是真实存在。

文中称武汉官员瞒报谎报且无人担责道歉,符合事实,有大量证据可以证明。如新加坡早在今年1月2日就获知武汉发生严重肺炎疫病,而国内却是在1月23日即湖北两会结束后才公开疫情,彼时新冠病毒已悄然在国内外四处蔓延。武昌殡仪馆曾公开称自3月23日开始免费发放骨灰盒,争取每天发放500个,尽力在清明节前发放完毕。这个消息虽然很快被撤下,但已经传递出一个可怕的信息:3月23日至4月4日清明节共十多天,武汉有8家殡仪馆,如果当时全国死亡人数仅2530余人,则根本不需要十多天完成发放。因此,武汉官员确实存在瞒报谎报,无论是疫情消息还是死亡人数,而且,武汉官方至今无人公开担责或道歉,反而煽情引导人民对执政党感恩。

郑州市律协以“散布挑动对政府不满言论”为名作出处分,其隐含逻辑是:

①中国共产党、中国政府禁止人民说出真相,禁止中国人民知道真相;

②中国共产党、中国政府仇视言论自由;

③因为人民一旦知道真相,就一定会对中国共产党及中国政府不满。由此可见,抹黑污化中国共产党、中国政府的,正是郑州市律协。

五、言论自由是绝对的权利,只要正确行使该权利,任何人、任何机构都无权进行审核,任何审核言论的行为都是反人权的暴行。

刘莹莹律师行使言论自由权利无任何违法、不当之处,郑州市律协无权进行审查。真正违法、违约、反人权的是郑州市律协,真正丑化中共共产党及中国政府的是郑州市律协。

鉴于此,我们强烈呼吁全国律协高度重视会员因行使公民权利遭非法打压的事实,我们强烈要求全国律协、河南律协紧急出面维护刘莹莹律师的合法权益,我们强烈要求郑州律协立即撤销对刘莹莹律师的处分,向她赔礼道歉并消除影响。

 

中国人权律师团律师

2020年4月6日


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