Freedom of Expression Is Not A Crime! Free Li, Ming-Che Immediately!

【Joint statement from Taiwan NGOs alliance for rescuing Mr. Li, Ming-Che】(中文版)

Today (28th of November) marks the 254th day since the Taiwanese human rights activist, Li, Ming-Che (李明哲) was first forced to disappear by the Chinese authorities on the 19th of March earlier this year. It was not until two months later on 26th of May that the Chinese authority confirmed his arrest. Yet to see Li standing in his trial took us six months after his first arrest on 11th of September. This morning, Li was sentenced to five years in prison by the Chinese court for “subversion of state power.” The court also stripped him of all political rights in China for two years.

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【聲明稿】和平言論無罪!立即釋放李明哲!蔡政府應強烈抗議,捍衛國人基本權利

以下為李明哲救援大隊於2017年11月28日下午於蔡瑞月舞蹈社外召開之「和平言論無罪!立即釋放李明哲! 蔡政府應強烈抗議,捍衛國人基本權利」記者會會上,回應李明哲判決之共同聲明(English version)

台灣人權工作者李明哲自今年3月19日遭中國政府非法逮捕至今(11/28)已經254天。中國當局將他非法關押二個多月後,才於5月26日透過國台辦證實將其逮補,近半年後,才於9月11日開庭審理,而於今天上午以「顛覆國家政權罪」判處李明哲五年有期徒刑,褫奪「政治權利」二年。

這樣的判決結果,只是再次凸顯中國政權本身的統治正當性岌岌可危,一再鎮壓其境內外人士的手法來維持表面的穩定。日前北京廉租公寓大火造成多人死傷,中國政府藉機大舉迫遷「低端人口」,防範不滿民眾聚集首都示威,也是同樣邏輯。

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