The LoI follows the principle of “One who helps others will be helped” and “a voice of conscience”. It calls on all Chinese lawyers to sign it voluntarily. If any lawyer signing the letter loses their job, freedom, lawyer license due to political suppression, or is arrested and sentenced by the CCP, other lawyers will offer help to the victim’s family.
According to Radio Free Asia, over 40 lawyers signed the LoI, including Chen Jiangang, Sui Muqing, Ge Wenxiu and Hu Guiyun. They expect to be aided by volunteer peers after being persecuted by the CCP.
Chen Jiangang, Yingke Lawyer Firm:”For example, lawyers such as Liu Shihui, Tang Jingling and Chang Boyang are now under arrest. Their families are probably facing many difficulties. Once the lawyer is in trouble or arrested the family living expenses and children’s tuition can be a problem.”
The Epoch Times reported that the anniversary of June 4 approaches, the CCP again arrested petitioners and dissidents, including many rights lawyers on a massive scale.
On June 1, Chinese lawyer Liu Shihui was treated violently and illegal detained by police in Guangzhou. On May 13, he was again arrested by Shanghai officials for “disrupting public order in a group”.
On May 16, Guangdong lawyer Tang Jingling was arrested for "starting quarrels and provoking trouble". His property and belongings were confiscated by the police in Baiyunshan District of Guangzhou city.
On the evening of May 27, Henan rights lawyer Chang Boyang was taken away by the police. Another Zhengzhou lawyer Ji Laisong was also arrested.
Sui Muqing, Guangzhou lawyer:”Currently the environment for lawyers is very bad. On any day, each of us has to be prepared to be arrested. You never know why you are being arrested. Even as lawyers, we have no idea how the CCP arrests people according to the law.”
Sui Muqing said, the CCP claimed that Chang Boyang and Ji Laisong gathered people together for food leading to a charge of “disrupting public order”. However, how could they “disrupt public order” simply by holding a dinner party? Sui said he couldn’t understand the logic used.
Sui Muqing: ”It doesn’t matter if the law is good or not. The CCP have completely ignored the laws in taking any actions. In the past, I thought they still put on an act. Now they even don’t attempt to fake at all.”
In March, four Chinese lawyers Jiang Tianyong, Wang Cheng, Zhang Junjie and Tang Jitian visited “Qinglongshan Brainwashing Center” at Jiansanjing in Heilongjiang. The lawyers and victims’ families demanded immediate release of Shi Mengchang and other Falun Gong practitioners that were illegally detained there. However, the lawyers were kidnapped and tortured by the CCP. Violence caused the lawyers to suffer a total of 24 broken ribs. Jiang Tianyong, who had 8 ribs broken, said after release that the CCP had been complete crazy by horrifying Chinese people with violence.
Beijing lawyer Wang Yu said, China has justice bureau and lawyer associations.
When lawyers are in danger, those offices should offer necessary help. However, they are actually aiding CCP public security, procuratorates and courts in suppressing lawyers.
Wang Yu, Beijing lawyer:”The CCP’s annual assessment system is all about suppressing rights lawyers. I hope the international society will pay more attention to how the CCP pressures Chinese lawyers with the annual assessment against occupation.”
As early as 2005, the CCP suspended the license of the famous Chinese lawyer Gao Zhisheng, when Gao wrote a public letter calling for protection of Falun Gong practitioners’ legal rights. His law firm was consequently forced to close. Gao was later arrested, sentenced and inhumanly tortured.
Another famous Chinese lawyer Xu Zhiyong was active in public rights issues.
He was a founder of the NGO Open Constitution Initiative and the New Citizens’ Movement. His organization was suppressed heavily by the CCP, and Xu was arrested many times. On January 22, 2014, Xu was sentenced to four years in prison by Beijing No.1 Intermediate Court for "gathering crowds to disrupt public order".
From Gao Zhisheng to Xu Zhiyong, each Chinese lawyer seeking justice has been persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). They have commonly experienced kidnapping, violence, license revoking or imprisonment. Such a situation recently forced over 40 lawyers to jointly sign a letter of Intent (LoI) for Mutual Support among Chinese Lawyers. By doing this, they expect to get help from peers in case any lawyer is suppressed by the CCP. So they can work without worries about their families.