China ‘forced’ jailed lawyer to re­ject award

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

Photo: AFP

Wang Yu pur­port­edly turned down a hu­man rights award.

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