Liu Xiaoyuan, June 26, 2019
After months of appealing, complaining, and calling to resume practice, on June 23, lawyer Liu Xiaoyuan received “Beijing Bureau of Justice’s Decision to Cancel Lawyer Liu Xiaoyuan’s License.” For the past four years he had not been able to practice because Fengrui Law Firm (锋锐律师事务所), of which he was a partner, was at the center of the 709 crackdown on human rights lawyers, even though he himself wasn’t implicated. The “Decision” was dated June 14.
“This year marks the 40th anniversary of China restoring lawyers in its judicial system,” Liu Xiaoyuan tweeted. “The Beijing Justice Bureau finally kicked me out of the ranks of lawyers. Eight years ago in 2011, the Beijing Justice Bureau had wanted to eradicate me. I had been disappeared by police, and when I returned, the Bureau denied me annual review pass for two years. Later I was forced to cancel Qijian Law Firm (旗舰律师事务所) in exchange for keeping my practice in Beijing. I practiced at Fengsui Law Firm. Little did I know that the situation for lawyers would only get worse.”
Yesterday, he issued the following statement:
[Translation] The Beijing Justice Bureau revoked my license, giving the reason that “six months after Fengsui Law Firm was cancelled, no law firm has hired you.” Their reason is false. During those six months I was willfully obstructed from transferring to another law firm. I exhausted all petitioning and reporting procedures; I wrote repeatedly to officials at the Ministry of Justice, the National Lawyers Association, the Beijing Justice Bureau, and the Beijing Lawyers Association. I also filed complaints with the National Public Complaints and Proposals Administration, Beijing municipal government (the mayor), Beijing Municipal Bureau of Supervision, and Beijing municipal CCP Politics and Law Committee. I also applied for administrative reviews. I have made countless calls. But the Beijing Justice Bureau simply did not lift the restriction on my transfer to another law firm.
A lawyer’s right to practice is his or her human right. By abusing its power to revoke my license, the Beijing Justice Bureau is persecuting me and violating my human rights.
The officials who have participated in revoking my license are: Li Fuying (李富莹), the director of the Beijing Justice Bureau; Miao Lin (苗林), the deputy director and Party secretary of the Bureau; Wang Qun (王群), Party secretary for lawyers and law firms; Zhao Yue (赵跃) and Zhu Yuzhu (朱玉柱), deputy directors of the Office for Lawyers Work; Cao Hong (曹宏), deputy director of Chaoyang district Justice Bureau; and Niu Xu (牛旭), director of the Office for Lawyers Work at the Chaoyang district Justice Bureau.
Liu Xiaoyuan and at Least Two Other Fengrui Lawyers Face Imminent Disbarment, China Change, March 31, 2019.