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3/3/2011 China (ChristianToday) – China Aid report blames police for disappearance of Jiang
Tianyong. With huge and ongoing public protests against repressive governments spreading
worldwide, it is no surprise that China’s leaders are taking an extremely strong and reactive
stance against any internet-facilitated public gatherings or protests.
The ‘Jasmine Revolution’ will not be televised — in China at least.
Yesterday (Feb. 28), China Aid said a well-known Christian human rights attorney, Jiang
Tianyong, had disappeared on Feb. 19. The CA report put the blame on the police.
The report notes the disappearance of three lawyers, in total:
Since the prominent human rights lawyer Tang Jitian was arrested on February 16 by Beijing
police, 11 days have passed and his whereabouts are still unknown. Since the prominent
Christian human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong was kidnapped by the police at 4 p.m. on
February 19, downstairs from his brother’s apartment, eight days has passed and his
whereabouts are still unknown. Mrs. Jin Bianling, wife of Jiang Tianyong, has gone to the
Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau for inquiries, but to no avail. Once, she was told
that over 60,000 people are being detained by the Municipal Public Security Bureau and there
is no way they could confirm if Lawyer Jiang Tianyong was among them.
On the afternoon of the same day, the prominent human rights lawyer Dr. Teng Biao was also
taken away by the Beijing police and his house was searched. So far, his whereabouts are also
unknown. China Aid Association has been watching these incidents closely and strongly
denounces the actions of the Beijing authorities in the forced disappearance of these three
human rights lawyers and of human rights activists in other regions of China. Such conduct
seriously tramples on the legitimate rights of the Chinese citizens and is also a violation
of the UN’s “International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced
Disappearance.” Such a gangsterization of the public power and such flagrant violation of the
legal system and of civil rights can only aggravate the unrest in the Chinese society, and it
will certainly motivate more people into joining the Jasmine Revolution of peaceful civil
disobedience.
Meanwhile, All Girls Allowed, the organization that Chai Ling founded to resist China’s one
child policy, called out China’s leadership for its suppression of human rights efforts. In a
press statement, All Girls Allowed said:
Volunteers involved in anti-trafficking and anti-gendercide work with the humanitarian
organization All Girls Allowed have been targeted by the Chinese government in a recent
crackdown likely sparked by various Middle East protests and the peaceable Chinese “Jasmine
Revolution.”