China Daily: Legal Help Group Told to Pack Up(With Video)

Reporting on the shuttering of a Beijing-based legal assistance group, Gongmeng (Open Constitution Initiative), this China Daily article, written by Zhu Zhe and Cui Xiaohuo, shows clear sympathy to the case by highlighting lawyer Xu Zhiyong’s quote:
More than a dozen officials of Beijing’s civil affairs bureau, which oversees civil groups in the capital, visited the center’s office in west Beijing on Friday morning and ordered it to shut down. The officials, carrying a legal closure notice, seized some files and computers, too, the center said.
The move comes two days after the Beijing tax authorities sent a formal notice to the center, imposing a hefty fine of 1.42 million yuan ($207,847) for having evaded taxes on funds received from overseas.
Xu Zhiyong, the center’s legal representative and an outspoken lawyer, said: “The bureau has no legal right to order a closure The research center has always been a division of the company that is registered with the authorities. There is no legal proof to show our group has not been registered properly.”
Beijing’s civil affairs and taxation bureaus, and the municipal office of the State taxation administration refused to provide information on the center on Friday.
Also, the following video clips document the above story, and also show some of the Gongmeng lawyers being interviewed by foreign and Hong Kong reporters, from Boxun.com:
ctXu Zhiyong issued a statement about the fine, posted in full by the Chinese Law Prof Blog and partially translated by the Time China Blog:
The $208,000 penalty might mean nothing to many companies. But for us, it is cruel and evil. It’s not just a punishment against us, it is punishing the children poisoned by milk powder, the kids of migrant workers, the property owners bullied by developers, and those petitioners who tirelessly demand

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2 Responses to China Daily: Legal Help Group Told to Pack Up(With Video)

  1. Shunjing says:

    The woman who killed an official was released due to public support. Wonder why the Chinese public is not responding to the lawyers case.

  2. MatthewTan says:

    To hell with bourgeosie Western human rights.

    China will define its own human rights – which places social order, political stability, peace and harmony above all else. And the developing world will follow Chinese example. And this is consistent with the Univeral Declaration of Human Rights (1948).

    Those seeking confrontation against the regime, especially with foreign fundings, undeclared, will be scrutized closely. And the heavy hand of the law will come down upon these trouble makers even for the slightest breach of the law – such as tax evasions.

    No Chinese will have sympathy on those who receive foreign funding to confront the government on mistakes made by the government.