ICC Note: Chinese Christian human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang was nominated for the Dutch government’s 2017 Human Rights Tulip award. His work is seen as courageous and innovative as he assisted persecuted Falun Gong practitioners and Christian leaders. He disappeared on August 3, 2015 as part of the government’s crackdown on human rights advocates. He has been held in detention and no trial date is set for him yet.
08/22/2017 China (Hong Kong Free Press) – Detained Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang has been shortlisted for the Dutch government’s 2017 Human Rights Tulip award.
Wang’s family and friends have not heard from him since he disappeared on August 3, 2015 as part of a sweeping crackdown on human rights lawyers, legal staff and activists in the summer of 2015. He is still being held in detention, with a trial yet to take place.
As lawyer at the Fengrui law firm, which saw many of its staff detained in the crackdown, Wang had worked on the cases of Falun Gong practitioners, investigative journalists and democracy advocates.
Human rights advocate and researcher Michael Caster, who worked with Wang at the NGO China Action until it was shut down by the Chinese government, told HKFP that Wang deserves the award as much for his devotion to human rights as for the environment in which he fought and suffered.
“Wang is a co-founder of an NGO that trained hundreds of lawyers and rights defenders around China, and developed innovative guides for greater success,” Caster said. “Wang is one of the few rights defense lawyers across China to never stand down from representing clients who others feared to touch, from Christian leaders to Falun Gong practitioners.”