Cheng Dong, a member of the aid-Tibet lawyers' team, died of pulmonary embolism in Nagchu, a city in Southwest China's Tibet autonomous region, on Aug 4. He was 45.
After graduating from the China University of Political Science and Law, Chen began his career as a lawyer in 1995. Before going to Tibet, he worked at a local law firm in his hometown Dalian, a beautiful coastal city in Northeast China's Liaoning province.
He arrived in Nagchu's Sog County in July. Without taking a break, Chen plunged into work right after his arrival.
During the next twenty some days, he undertook three lawsuits and offered 87 legal consultations for local people.
Even after being taken to the hospital for emergency treatment, Chen still told the colleagues at his bedside that "There will be a court hearing next week. I have to recover as soon as possible to get back to the county. ”
The memorial service for Cheng Dong was held on Aug 7 with the attendance of officials from the Ministry of Justice, the All China Lawyers Association, the China Legal Aid Foundation and the Department of Justice of the Tibet Autonomous Region.
Fu Zhenghua, Minister of Justice, Yuan Shuhong, Secretary of the Leading Party Members Group of the Ministry of Justice, and Xiong Xuanguo, Vice Minister of Justice, offered their deep condolences and sincere sympathy to Chen's family.
They also required the proper handling of the aftermath, and ordered local authorities to take effective measures to ensure the safety of other lawyers sent to aid Tibet.
The Department of Justice of the Tibet Autonomous Region has issued an urgent notice, asking local justice departments to re-examine cadres and lawyers who came to aid Tibet to make sure they are well-adapted to the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.