Monthly Archives: February 2014

An interview with Zhang Qingfang about the trial of Xu Zhiyong (4)

(回答有关沉默的问题): (About why kept silent during the trial) 中国人大都能够理解我们为什么沉默。西方人理解不了,他们认为法庭是一个说理的地方;刑事法庭应该控辩双方激烈交锋,大家都把自己的意见充分说出来,最终法院才能做出一个正确的结论。但是中国的法庭显然不是一个说理的地方,特别是他这个案子。我们为什么沉默,因为这个案件,要把真相讲出来,必须要让那些了解真相的人到现场。但了解真相的人或者现在关押着,不允许他们出庭;或者说被警方实际控制在家中。既然真相被阻挡在法庭之外,我们在法庭上又能用什么样的方式把真相揭示出来呢?既然法庭没有给这个机会,那我们是用沉默的方式来抗议。这是我们的一种意见表达,有一个谚语:辩解就等于承认了一半。面对他们这样一个不公不义的审判,说话反而降低了这个悲剧的力量。我们只能用沉默的方式,才能把我们的抗议和不满表达出来。 Most Chinese people will understand why we kept silent, but not western people, since they believe that the court is a place to argue and reason; criminal court is the place … Continue reading

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An interview with Lawyer Zhang Qingfang about the trial of Xu Zhiyong (3)

(记者:我听说是他在讲新公民运动的基本理念时被打断了?) (Journalist: I heard that he was interrupted when he talked about the basic principles of New Citizen Movement?) 不是,他在讲到财产公示的时候。他说世界上一百多个国家都有财产公示制度,中国为什么不能引进?你们这些高高在上的人究竟害怕什么?你们在担心什么?在讲到这个的时候就被打断了。 No, when he talked about disclosing officials’ assets. He said that in this world more than 100 countries have established … Continue reading

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An interview with lawyer Zhang Qingfang about the trial of Xu Zhiyong (2)

艾:您自己怎么评价许志永倡导的新公民运动呢? Ai: How do you think about the New Citizen Movement initiated by Xu Zhiyong? 张:这是中国将来必然要走的路。当然现在很多人还可能觉得比较敏感,也不是所有的人都同意他这么做。中国人受了多年专制的教育,大家骨子里就认为万一你这么搞搞乱了,影响稳定怎么办?我们正常的生活怎么办?那其实中国不能总是这么一种状态,你还是要逐步地吸引、鼓励公民社会参与国家的管理。因为这个社会现在太复杂了,靠一个人哪怕他再英明,也不可能英明到所有的决策都是正确的,什么问题他都能找到正确的答案。实际上问题的解决本身就是要在不断的碰撞之中,让不同的诉求都能够自由地表达出来,大家在沟通甚至是争论的过程中找答案,期间甚至不排除有一些社会动荡,都是有可能的。因为你强压着积累了太多矛盾。 Zhang: This is a path that China must go. Of course at present many people still think it is a sensitive issue, and not … Continue reading

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An interview with lawyer Zhang Qingfang about the trial of Xu Zhiyong (1)

“领导说它是马,法院也不敢说它是鹿” ——访张庆方律师谈许志永案一审 When the Leaders say it is a horse, the court dares not to say it is a deer On January 23, 2014, Professor Ai Xiaoming interviewed Lawyer Zhang Qingfang, the defendant lawyer for Xu Zhiyong whose trial was … Continue reading

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