EU - China Human Rights Dialogue
On 2 April, the CCBE participated in a civil society round table as part of the 37th round of the EU-China Human Rights Dialogue. The meeting was chaired by Paola Pampaloni, Deputy Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific at the European External Action Service (EEAS), and included several EEAS officials, as well as human rights NGOs. Regrettably, the Chinese delegation did not participate in the round table.
The CCBE was represented by one of its experts from the Human Rights Committee, Basile Ader, Vice-President of the Paris Bar, who highlighted the ongoing attacks against Chinese lawyers, including arrests without trial, without informing the lawyers’ families, as well as cases of torture.
The EEAS reported that the deterioration of the civil and political rights situation in China, marked by the arrest and detention of a significant number of human rights defenders and lawyers, has been raised with the Chinese delegation. Several individual cases were raised, such as lawyers Wang Quanzhang, Yu Wensheng, Li Yuhan, Zhou Shifeng, Xia Lin and Gao Zhisheng.
The CCBE is closely monitoring the situation of lawyers in China and will continue to urge the Chinese authorities to guarantee that all lawyers in China are able to perform their professional duties without fear of reprisal, hindrance, intimidation or harassment, in order to preserve the independence and integrity of the administration of justice.