University of Technology Sydney
Seminar and Screening a 709 Documentary in Commemoration of the Second Anniversary of the 709 Crackdown
Venue: UTS Building 10, Level 3, Room 3.470
Time: 14:30-17:00 Sunday 9 July 2017
On 9 July 2015, Chinese police began a campaign of mass arrests, interrogations, and warnings against human rights lawyers and other rights activists. Dozens of rights lawyers and other activists were detained; hundreds of lawyers, scholars, and citizens were summoned for questioning and warnings by the police; dozens of lawyers and citizens were prevented from leaving the country. Over the past two years, charged with either the crime of “subversion of state power” , “inciting subversion of state power” or “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”, some of them have received a jail term for seven or seven and a half years, some a suspended prison sentence, and some have still been held in detention and incommunicado. All of them have been subject to a variety of torture during detention.
In commemoration of the second anniversary of the “709 crackdown”, please join us for screening a “709” documentary highlighting the struggles faced by Chinese human rights lawyers and their relatives, and discussions about the significance and prospect of the resistance. The event is organised by UTS academic Feng Chongyi in conjunction with the China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group based in Hong Kong.