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Tuesday, January 19, 2016


China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group
2016-01-15

■ “Subversion of State Power”

Subversion of state power (Chinese: 顛覆國家政權罪), according to article 105, paragraph 1 of the People’s Republic of China’s Criminal Law, is defined as “whoever organizes, plots, or acts to subvert the political power of the state and overthrow the socialist system”. The ringleaders or those whose crimes are grave are to be sentenced to life imprisonment, or not less than 10 years of fixed-term imprisonment; active participants are to be sentenced from not less than three years to not more than 10 years of fixed-term imprisonment; other participants are to be sentenced to not more than three years of fixed-term imprisonment, criminal detention, control, or deprivation of political rights. Furthermore, article 113 and article 56 indicate whoever commits the crimes may also be punished by having his property confiscated and deprived of political rights.



1. Zhou Shifeng (Head of Feng Rui Law Firm), was arrested on 8th January in suspicion of "subversion of state power" by Tianjin public security bureau and is currently detained at Tianjin No.1 Detention Center.
2. Wang Quanzhang (Lawyer of Feng Rui Law Firm), was arrested on 8th January in suspicion of "subversion of state power" by Tianjin public security bureau and is currently detained at Tianjin No.2 Detention Center.
3. Wang Yu (Lawyer of Feng Rui Law Firm), was arrested on 8th January in suspicion of "subversion of state power" and is currently detained at Tianjin No.1 Detention Center.
4. Dr. Liu Sixin (Feng Rui Law Firm administrative assistant) was arrested on 8th January in suspicion of "subversion of state power" by Tianjin public security bureau and is currently detained at Tianjin No.2 Detention Center.
5. Li Shuyun (Lawyer of Feng Rui Law Firm), was arrested on 8th January in suspicion of "subversion of state power" by Tianjin public security bureau and is currently detained at Tianjin No.1 Detention Center.
6. Zhao Wei (Kao La)(assistant of lawyer Li Heping), was arrested on 8th January in suspicion of "subversion of state power" by Tianjin public security bureau and is currently detained at Tianjin No.1 Detention Center.

"Inciting subversion of state power"

Inciting subversion of state power (Chinese: 煽動顛覆國家政權罪), according to article 105, paragraph 2 ot the People's Republic of China's Criminal Law, "Whoever instigates the subversion of the political power of the state and overthrow the socialist system through spreading rumors, slandering, or other ways are to be sentenced to not more than five years of fixed-term imprisonment, criminal detention, control, or deprivation of political rights; the ringleaders and those whose crimes are grave are to be sentenced to not less than five years of fixed-term imprisonment." Furthermore, article 113, paragraph 2 and article 56 indicate whoever commits the crimes may also be punished by having his property confiscated and deprived of political rights.

1. Lawyer Xie Yanyi, was arrested on 8th January in suspicion of "inciting subversion fo state power" by Tianjin public security bureau and is currently detained at Tianjin No.2 Detention Center.
2. Lawyer Xie Yang, was arrested on 9th January in suspicion of "inciting subversion fo state power" by Changsha public security bureau and is currently detained at Changsha No.2 Detention Center.
3. Lawyer Bao Longjun, was arrested on 8th January in suspicion of "inciting subversion fo state power" by Tianjin public security bureau and is currently detained at Tianjin No.2 Detention Center.

"Obstructs a witness from giving testimony or instigates another person to give false testimony, destroy or forge evidence"

According to article 307 of Chinese Criminal Law Whoever, by violence, threat, bribery or any other means, obstructs a witness from giving testimony or instigates another person to give false testimony shall be sentenced to fixed-term imprisonment of not more than three years or criminal detention; if the circumstances are serious, he shall be sentenced to fixed-term imprisonment of not less than three years but not more than seven years. Whoever helps any of the parties destroy or forge evidence, if the circumstances are serious, shall be sentenced to fixed-term imprisonment of not more than three years or criminal detention. Any judicial officer who commits any of the crimes mentioned in the preceding two paragraphs shall be given a heavier punishment.

1. Gao Yue (assistant of lawyer Li Heping), was arrested on 8th January in suspicion of "destroy evidence" by Tianjin public security bureau and is currently detained at Tianjin No.1 Detention Center.

As of 14 January 2016, 317 persons are affected, in which 33 lawyers and acitivists are still detained or in status of disappearance.
<<Lawyers CV>>

Lawyer Zhou Shifeng
http://chrlawyers.hk/en/content/zhou-shifeng

Lawyer Wang Quanzhang
http://chrlawyers.hk/en/content/wang-quanzhang

Lawyer Wang Yu
http://chrlawyers.hk/en/content/wang-yu

Lawyer Bao Longjun
http://chrlawyers.hk/en/content/bao-lungjun

Lawyer Li Shuyun
http://chrlawyers.hk/en/content/affected-non-human-rights-lawyerslaw-fir...

Zhao Wei (Kao La) (assistant of lawyer Li Heping)
http://chrlawyers.hk/en/content/affected-non-human-rights-lawyerslaw-fir...

Lawyer Xie Yanyi
http://chrlawyers.hk/en/content/xie-yanyi-0

Lawyer Xie Yang
http://chrlawyers.hk/en/content/xie-yang

Gao Yue (assistant of lawyer Li Heping)
http://chrlawyers.hk/en/content/affected-non-human-rights-lawyerslaw-fir...

Dr. Liu Sixin
http://chrlawyers.hk/en/content/affected-non-human-rights-lawyerslaw-fir...

<<Arrest Notice>>
http://on.fb.me/1OsuHVc

<<Human Rights Activists>>
1. Hu Shigen, was arrested on 8th January in suspicion of "subverting state power" by Tianjin public security bureau and is currently detained at Tianjin No.1 Detention Center.
2. Liu Yongping, was arrested on 8th January in suspicion of "subverting state power" by Tianjin public security bureau and is currently detained at Tianjin No.1 Detention Center.


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