2017年10月9日，#李昱函 律師前往遼寧省瀋陽市為一當事人辦案時，在火車站被瀋陽市公安局和平分局警察帶走；10月31日被瀋陽市和平區警方以涉嫌「尋釁滋事罪」刑事拘留，拘押至今三年仍未審判 。李昱函年過60，患有七種疾病，狀況令人擔憂。
On 9 October 2017, when lawyer #LiYuhan went to Shenyang City of Liaoning Province to handle a case for a client, she was taken away from the railway station by the police from Heping District of Shenyang Public Security Bureau. On 31 October 2017, she was put under criminal detention for “picking quarrels and provoking troubles”. She has been detained for over three years but no trial date has yet been set. She suffers from 7 illnesses. Her situation is worrying.
姓名：李昱函 （Li Yuhan）
李昱函在1990年考取律師資格，1991年開始在家鄉遼寧執業；多年來因參與維權案件，而遭到當局的打壓和迫害。 2006年，因舉報瀋陽市一黑社會頭目，遭到與其勾結的瀋陽市和平區警方報復，被綁架、關押與暴力對待。 2009年，為逃避遼寧警方迫害前往北京工作，開始在北京市敦信律師事務所執業。
2017年10月9日，當其在前往遼寧省瀋陽市為一當事人辦案時，突然在火車站被瀋陽市公安局和平分局警察帶走；2017年10月31日被瀋陽市和平區警方以涉嫌「尋釁滋事罪」刑事拘留；同年11月15日，被瀋陽市和平區檢察院以同罪名正式批捕。 2018年3月，她被加控詐騙罪，兩項控罪移交檢察院審查起訴。 2019年4月9日，原定在瀋陽巿和平區法院開庭，臨時被取消，被捕至今已三年仍未審未判。
Name: Li Yuhan (李昱函)
Date of birth: 9 October1957
Occupation: Human rights lawyer
Date of detention: 9 October 2017
Location: Li Yuhan went to Shenyang City, Liaoning Province to handle a case for a client. She was taken away by the police from the Heping District of Shenyang Public Security Bureau.
Ground of detention: Picking quarrels and provoking trouble
Date of formal arrest: 15 November 2017. She was officially arrested by Shenyang City’s Heping District Procuratorate on the same charge.
Date of Indictment: In March 2018, she was additionally charged with fraud. The two charges laid against her were transferred to the procuratorate for consideration of indictment.
Legal representation: Her lawyers were formerly Ma Wei and Wu Li. Li Yuhan were worried about the pressure and risk the two lawyers would face and terminated their representation on 18 April 2020. Her current lawyer is Lin Qilei
Date of trial: The trial was first scheduled to be held on 9 April 2019 but was canceled shortly before then. Her trial has been rescheduled for several times. She has been detained for more than three years and no hearing has ever taken place.
Date of sentencing:
Location of detention/imprisonment: No. 1 Detention Centre of Shenyang City
Li Yuhan became a lawyer in 1990 and began to practice in her home province Liaoning in 1991. Over the years, she has been suppressed and persecuted by the authorities for her engagement in cases defending human rights. In 2006, after exposing a mafia head in Shenyang, who was “protected” by the Heping District police, Li was kidnapped, detained and physically assaulted by the authorities. In 2009, in order to escape the persecution from police in Liaoning Province, she went to work in Beijing and began to practice in Beijing Dunxin Law Firm.
During the 709 Crackdown in 2015, Lawyer Li represented Lawyer Wang Yu (王宇), the major target in a campaign of mass arrests against human rights lawyers in China. Since then, she was under constant surveillance.
On 9 October 2017, when she went to Shenyang City of Liaoning Province to handle a case for a client, she was taken away from the railway station by the police from the Heping District of the Shenyang Public Security Bureau, who had been planning for retaliation over the years. On 31 October 2017, she was put under criminal detention for “picking quarrels and provoking troubles"; on 15 November, she was formally arrested by the Heping District Procuratorate of Shenyang City on the same charge. In March 2018, she was additionally charged with fraud and the two charges were transferred to the procuratorate. The first hearing was originally scheduled to be held on 9 April 2019 at the Heping District Court of Shenyang City, but was canceled shortly before then. It has been three years since her detention, she has neither been tried or judged.
Li Yuhan is over 60 years old and suffers from seven medical conditions: arrhythmia, coronary heart disease, unstable angina, hyperthyroidism, acute erosive gastritis, cerebral concussion (from violent assaults due to her work), and cerebral ischemia. Over 80 human rights lawyers and dissidents jointly signed a statement demanding the Shenyang police to release Li Yuhan as they were particularly concerned about her health.
Li has made serious allegations of torture from the detention center guards and other detainees. They forced to take shower with cold water in winter, gave her very little food, refused her family to give her medicine. They would put her vegetables and fruits on the toilet floor, urinated on them at will, before they gave them to Li. Her family was not allowed to send her money to spend in the detention centre.
On 4 June 2020, her lawyers Ma Wei, Wu Li and her family demanded to visit her in the No.1 Detention Center of Shenyang City. The two lawyers were told that Li Yuhan had terminated their representation, they demanded to hear it directly from Li. Li confirmed that she terminated their representation on 18 April 2020, as she worried her lawyers would face enormous pressure from the authority. However, the authority failed to inform her lawyers. Her current lawyer is Lin Qilei
Lawyer Lin met with Li Yuhan on 27 October 2020. Li Yuhan believes that the charge of provoking quarrels is completely unfounded and the so-called fraud is a ridiculous accusation, they are simply made up to crack her down and stop her from defending human rights. The fact that such a simple case could have taken more than three years without any outcome confirms that it is groundless. She refused the judicial authorities’ offer to write a “confession letter" in exchange for earlier release and would plead not guilty, if a hearing would take place.
Due to the overdue custody, her lawyers applied to the court for bail pending trial; they also applied for medical parole due to her health condition, both of the applications were not granted.
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Updated: 2 November 2020