Gagging the Lawyers: China's Crackdown on Human Rights Lawyers and Implications for U.S.-China Relations, Hearing Before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, June 28, 2017 [open pdf - 1MB]
This is the June 28, 2017 hearing titled "Gagging the Lawyers: China's Crackdown on Human Rights Lawyers and Implications for U.S.-China Relations," held before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. From the opening statement of Christopher Smith: "Chinese officials repeatedly tell me that I should focus more on the positive aspects of China and not dwell so much on the negative. I have heard it from diplomats, I have heard it from people when I have traveled in China Beijing as well as in Shanghai. That is an extremely difficult task when you read the horrifying and sadistic accounts of torture and enforced disappearances experienced by lawyers and rights advocates. It is hard to be positive when you contemplate Liu Xiaobo's cancer diagnosis and the fact that China effectively silenced its most brilliant democracy advocate." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Terence Halliday, Biao Teng, Chongyu Xia, and Xiaorong Li.
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