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Statement Concerning the Disappearance of Lawyer Jiang Tianyong for over Six days

November 27, 2016

Rights lawyer from Beijing, Jiang Tianyong, has been missing since November 21, 2016. In light of the enforced disappearance and torture he suffered previously because of his involvement in numerous public interest defense cases and legal actions, his wife Jin Bianling, together with four family members of 709 crackdown victims and more than 60 lawyers, jointly issued this statement to express deep concern about Jiang’s situation. They urge the relevant authorities to immediately notify his family, in accordance with the law, and ensure his basic rights of defense by a lawyer. They cannot accept the fact that Jiang is being administratively detained—or criminally investigated—merely because of his visit with a fellow lawyer’s family in Changsha or for trying to help them find out more about that lawyer’s detention. They demand Jiang’s immediate release.    


关于江天勇律师失踪逾六日的关注声明

知名人权律师江天勇先生,自2016年11月21日22时许知会其妻金变玲女士已订购当日长沙南至北京西D940次动车后失联,截至11月27日晚已失踪逾六日。

据悉,江律师此赴长沙是为看望被捕律师同行谢阳的太太陈桂秋教授。期间又陪同陈桂秋及谢阳两位辩护律师去长沙看守所了解谢阳的会见事宜。

江律师执业以来,长期活跃于人权捍卫工作第一线,办理和参与诸多公益维权案件和法律行动,以致律师证被非法注销。鉴于他遭遇过强迫失踪、导致左耳鼓膜穿孔、八根肋骨骨折的酷刑,我们对他的失踪,深表忧虑并高度关注,特呼吁如下:

一、敦请相关公安部门立即对江天勇律师失踪一事展开调查。

江律师亲属代表于11月23日下午往江的户籍地郑州市公安局桐柏路分局报失踪案,被以管辖问题推诿。因江律师行程安排事涉湖南、北京及铁路两地三方,故促请相关部门协调查明江的下落。

二、如果有关部门对江天勇律师采取相关强制措施,我们要求办案机关立即依法书面通知其家属,并保障其获取律师辩护之基本权利。

考虑到江天勇律师此次赴长沙是去看望谢阳律师家属,而谢阳律师又是709案当事人之一,这令我们高度怀疑江律师此次失踪或被有关部门采取行政拘留或其它刑事强制措施,即便如此我们依然呼吁立即通知家属,避免没必要的家属和社会恐慌。

三、如果仅因江律师赴长沙看望同仁家属或陪同同仁家属了解会见事宜而可能对其进行任何的行政拘留甚或刑事追究,我们表示完全彻底的不能接受,要求立即予以释放。

2016年11月27日

联署声明人:
金变玲 (江天勇妻子)

四位709家属以及61位律师
陈桂秋 709案家属
李文足 709案家属
王峭岭709案家属
原珊珊 709案家属

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丁家喜
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董前勇
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葛文秀
纪中久
蒋援民
李柏光
李方平
李金星
李静林
李威达
李永恒
李昱函
梁小军
蔺其磊
刘士辉
刘书庆
刘巍
刘正清
卢廷阁
罗茜
吕方芝
马连顺
孟猛
瞿远
任全牛
舒向新
隋牧清
覃臣寿
覃永沛
唐吉田
滕彪
童朝平
王清鹏
王秋实
王振江
温海波
文东海
吴魁明
徐红卫
于全
余文生
张海
张磊
张重实
郑恩宠
钟锦化
邹丽惠
林礼国
王磊
谢六生
王学明
马卫
胡贵云
陈南石

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