China ‘forced’ jailed lawyer to reject award
AN international lawyers’ rights group said China had “forced” a prominent lawyer to refuse their award to secure her release from prison.
“The Chinese authorities forced Wang Yu to refuse the award ... in return for so-called freedom,” the jury of the Ludovic Trarieux International Human Rights Prize said in a statement on August 2.
“This is the first time ... that the prize has been refused by a laureate under pressure from the authorities of their home country,” said the jury for the prize, which was awarded in Athens in June.
Ms Wang was among one of more than 200 lawyers and legal activists held last July in a swoop on those who had taken on civil rights cases considered sensitive by China’s ruling Communist Party, which tightly controls the court system.
But on August 1, a Hong Kong-based TV channel with ties to China’s government said she had recently been bailed out.
Ms Wang told Phoenix TV that she had experienced “the legal civilisation of China and humane care” while in detention. –
Wang Yu purportedly turned down a human rights award.