By: Zheng Yan, Epoch Times Staff
For years, Beijing-based human rights lawyer Tang Jitian defended casualties of the Chinese
Communist Party’s repression—victims of forced land acquisition and building demolition, practitioners of Falun Gong, and other Chinese petitioners.
In time, the Party came for Tang, a native of Dunhua in the northeastern province of Jilin.
His law license was rescinded without explanation in April 2010. The following month, he learned that he couldn’t travel overseas.
One evening in February 2011, police barged into Tang’s home, bundled him away, and beat him. He had earlier met with other lawyers and activists to devise ways to help Chen Guangcheng, a blind lawyer then under house arrest. Tang was released from custody in March, but was confined to his home.
Between 2011 and 2014, Tang Jitian was arrested and detained several more times while defending China’s disenfranchised and prisoners of conscience.
Last year, an account of abuse that Tang faced in March 2014 was made anAmnesty International report to the United Nations Committee Against Torture: Security forces in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang arrested Tang and three other human rights lawyers for investigating an illegal detention center. In custody, Tang was “strapped to an iron chair, slapped in the face, kicked in the legs, and hit so hard over the head with a plastic bottle filled with water” that he lost consciousness. [FULL STORY]