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Press Statement by the Spokesperson of the Permanent Mission of China on the press release by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on China
2016/02/16

On 16 February 2016, in response to the press release by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mr. Zeid Ra'ad HUSSEIN on several individual cases of China, the Spokesperson of the Permanent Mission of China made the following clarifications, stressing that all those cases raised involve illegal and criminal activities, and has nothing to do with restrictions of the rights and freedoms. The Chinese Mission expresses strong dissatisfaction and disagreement with the High Commissioner's misleading remarks.

According to the spokesperson, on cases involving Wang Yu and a number of so called "lawyers", early in July 2015, China's Ministry of Public Security cracked down on a major criminal gang for seriously disturbing social order. It used the Beijing Fengrui Law Firm as a platform, plotted and organized dozens of incidents involving breaking into public security, procuratorial and judicial organs as well as courts, gathering crowds and making disturbances in public venues, which severely disrupted the normal social order and judicial process. They incited netizens to make phone call harassment to government officials, insult, slander, threaten and intimidate judges and police on duty. They were also involved in serious economic crimes including misappropriating company assets, tax evasion and fraud. It should be pointed out that lawyers are the safeguards of the law, but not the amulets of law-breakers. The above-mentioned criminal facts are clear with conclusive evidence.

Regarding the cases on the so-called "labour activists" in Guangdong Province, the individuals have used overseas funds to intervene in domestic labor disputes and gravely disturbed public order. Some are also accused of fraud, adultery and embezzlement.

Regarding the case of Lee Bo and other booksellers from Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the basic facts of the case should be noted. First of all, according to the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, and the Nationality Law of the People's Republic of China, Lee Bo is a Chinese national. Lee repeatedly clarified that he voluntarily went back to mainland China for assisting in the investigation, and is safe and sound. Recently, Lee's wife met Lee in mainland and confirmed that Lee is in good physical and mental health. Lee hopes that the general public respect his personal choice and privacy and do not hype up attention on the case.

Another bookseller Gui Minhai killed a girl student from Zhejiang Textile Vocational Technology College by drunk driving and speeding in December 2003. In August 2004, Ningbo intermediate people's court sentenced Gui to two years in prison with a two-year suspension. In November 2004, Gui illegally crossed the border, and was later listed as wanted by Jiangdong Branch of Ningbo Public Security Bureau. In October 2015, Gui gave himself up to the Chinese police. Gui is also involved in other illegal and criminal activities, his case is complicated and still under further proceedings. The other booksellers are all involved in Gui's case. They are under compulsory measures and further investigations in accordance with the Criminal Law.

The Swedish citizen Peter Dahlin is involved in operating an unregistered organization in China, receiving huge sums of money from overseas organizations and carrying out unregulated activities. The organization hired and trained others to gather, exaggerate, distort and even fabricate information about China, providing the so-called "China's human rights report" to overseas organizations. Dahlin confessed that all of the "China's human rights reports" were complied via online research and could not reflect reality, and he "cannot guarantee they are true". According to members of the organization, certain forces had directed Dahlin and some other people in China to gather information for anti-China purposes such as smear campaigns. This organization had also intentionally aggravated disputes and instigated some people to create mass incidents and confront the government.

China is ruled by law and everyone is equal before the law, no matter what his/her occupation is. All Chinese laws, including the National Security Law, give emphasis to promoting and protecting human rights. Meanwhile, undermining social stability and order in the name of exercising human rights and freedom of expression will not be allowed in any country ruled by law. The High Commissioner made irresponsible comments in disregard of facts, which is sending to the outside world a wrong signal. We hope that Mr. Hussein as UN human rights chief could view China's human rights in a comprehensive, objective and rational manner, rather than a biased, subjective and selective way.

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