Announcement Regarding the Annual ‘China Human Rights Lawyers Day’ Event

June 24, 2018


China human rights lawyers day


China’s community of human rights lawyers have made enormous sacrifices to defend the rights and freedoms of citizens and promote China’s progress toward the rule-of-law and democracy. As representatives of China’s wider community of lawyers, human rights lawyers have, since the beginning of the rights defense movement in early 2000s, been the constant target of severe government repression. This has included, without letup, cancellation of legal licenses, being stalked, being threatened, being publicly defamed, being kidnapped, being secretly disappeared, and being subject to forced labor, long-term incarceration, or torture.

On July 9, 2017, marking the second anniversary of the Communist Party’s most brutal persecution of human rights lawyers with the ‘709 incident,’ 14 human rights organizations held an ‘Inaugural China Human Rights Lawyers’ Day’ in Washington, D.C. Through speeches, a photographic exhibition, a documentary, a march, and a live broadcast online, we showed to the world the bearing and courage of China’s rights defense lawyers, and brought their plight and peril to the attention to the wider world.

A year has passed, and Zhou Shifeng (周世鋒), Jiang Tianyong (江天勇), Tang Jingling (唐荊陵), Xia Lin (夏霖), and others are still imprisoned. Yu Wensheng (余文生) and Li Yuhan (李昱函), among others, have been newly arrested and jailed. Wang Quanzhang (王全璋) remains disappeared, with no news of his whereabouts or condition for three years now. Gao Zhisheng (高智晟) has once again been disappeared, now for 11 months. Over 20 lawyers have had their licenses cancelled or face disbarment. Tragically, two outstanding rights defense lawyers, Li Subin (李蘇濱) and Li Baiguang (李柏光), have left us forever.

The persecution continues, and human rights defenders continue to hold their ground and resist. This year we hold in New York a second ‘China Human Rights Lawyers’ Day,’ and also to establish a ‘709 Rights Defense Lawyer Award.’ The date of July 9 now symbolizes the glorious and thorny road that China’s human rights lawyers walk. Every July 9, we — coming from around the world, including Chinese rights defenders and those who care deeply about the struggle for a free and democratic China — will mark ‘China Human Rights Lawyers’ Day’ and support one other through this dark time.

We firmly believe that one day in the future we will be marking the occasion of July 9 in a free China with the rule of law.

Time: July 8, 2018     2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT
Location: Bateman Room, Fordham Law School (2nd floor of 150 West 62nd,New York)
Hashtags:  #中國人權律師節 or #709lawyers on social media


Humanitarian China (U.S.A)
China Change (U.S.A)
China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group (Hong Kong)
Taiwan Support China Human Rights Lawyers Network (Taiwan)
Committee to Support Chinese Lawyers(U.S.A)
Chinese Democracy Education Foundation (U.S.A)
Dialogue China (U.S.A)
ChinaAid  (U.S.A)
Taiwan Association for China Human Rights (Taiwan)
Human Rights Law Foundation (U.S.A)
New School for Democracy (Hong Kong)
Visual Artists Guild (U.S.A)
China Anti-Torture Alliance (US/China)
Institute for China’s Democratic Transition (U.S.A)
Uyghur Human Rights Project (U.S.A)
China Strategic Analysis Center (U.S.A)
Monitoring Committee on Attacks on Lawyers/
International Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL) (France)
Safeguard Defenders (Hong Kong)
Students for a Free Tibet (U.S.A)
Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights (JBI)

Special Thanks

Alexandre (艾飞力) Law Firm (NYC)
Law Office of Yujian Zhang, P.C. (NYC)


Jerome Cohen (孔傑榮), law professor and faculty director of U.S.-Asia Law Institute, New York University.
Andrew Nathan (黎安友), Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science at Columbia University.
Albert Ho (何俊仁), solicitor, chairman of China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group, current chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China.
Martin Flaherty, Leitner Family Professor, Co-Director of Leitner Center for International Law and Justice.
Terry Halliday, Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation.
Rob Precht, Founder & President of Justice Labs.
Felice Gaer, Vice-Chairperson of the Committee against Torture, UCLA professor.


Teng Biao,
Yaxue Cao,
Zhou Fengsuo,









【時間】2017年7月8日 美東時間下午2:00-4:30

【地點】Bateman Room, Fordham Law School (2nd floor of 150 West 62nd,New York)

【社交媒體標籤】 #中國人權律師節 #709lawyers


China Change (美國)
自由西藏學生運動 (美國)


Alexandre Law Firm
Law Office of Yujian Zhang, P.C.


孔傑榮/Jerome Cohen(紐約大學法學院教授,亞美法研究所主任)
黎安友/Andrew Nathan(哥倫比亞大學政治系教授、東亞研究所主任)
Martin Flaherty(福特海姆大學法學院教授,紐約律師協會人權委員會主任)
Terry Halliday(美國律師基金會教授)
Rob Precht(Justice Labs創辦人及主席)


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