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The Henan case of Zhang Xiaoyu ( 张小玉) and Xu Youchen ( 许有臣) , suspected of intentional homicide, is under investigation. Their defense lawyer Chang Weiping ( 常玮平) applied to the Zhongzhan District Public Security Bureau of Jiaozuo, Henan, for a meeting with his clients but was denied. Moreover,...

 

Lawyers' March for Judicial Independence, June 27, 2014

A statement in the white paper requiring judges to be patriotic also prompted a strong reaction from Hong Kong’s legal community. On June 27, 2014, more than 1,000 Hong Kong lawyers—as many as 1,800 by some estimates—marched to protest what they saw as Beijing’s interference in Hong Kong’s judicial independence.

[Translation by Human Rights in China] The ongoing nationwide crackdown of activists in China has brought bad news every day. Within three weeks, more than 60 intellectuals and rights defenders have been detained. Among them are rights protection lawyers Pu Zhiqiang (浦志强), Liu Shihui (刘士辉), Tang...
Zhang Zanning ( 张赞宁) , who represents lawyer Ji Laisong ( 姬来松) , has filed a complaint before the Zhengzhou Municipal People's Procuratorate against the Zhengzhou Public Security Bureau's Erligang Sub-branch for allegedly fabricating facts and criminal charges against Ji, and illegally criminally...
In this statement, lawyers Pang Kun (庞琨) and Wen Yu (闻宇), who represent detained lawyer Chang Boyang (常伯阳), describe how the Zhengzhou authorities have continuously obstructed them from meeting with their client, on the basis that Chang's alleged actions are "national security crimes" and that...
Weiquan— rights defense—lawyering had two defining characteristics prior to the 2010-2011 crackdown on lawyers and civil society activists. First, weiquan lawyers were high-profile in their style of lawyering and did not shy away from political issues. They courageously accepted cases that other...
In this essay, Wang highlights her husband Tang Jingling's leading role in initiating and advocating for non-violent civil disobedience as a means to press for greater respect for basic freedoms and for democratic reforms. Wang also provides details on Tang's long track record of rights defense...
Tang Jingling (唐荆陵) was formally arrested on June 20, 2014, on suspicion of “inciting subversion of state power” (煽动颠覆国家政权罪) and is currently being held at Guangzhou No. 1 Detention Center (广州市第一看守所). He was first criminally detained on May 16, 2014 on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking...
According to recent news, the All-China Lawyers Association (ACLA) has drafted two sets of provisional disciplinary regulations that, if adopted, would place broad restrictions on lawyers' freedom of expression and introduce punishment for violators. In response, 85 lawyers and legal professionals...
One June 9, lawyer Zhang Sizhi’s request to visit Gao Yu at the Beijing No.1 Detention Center was denied, but the detention center granted him a meeting, unsolicited, with another client, Pu Zhiqiang. Zhang’s notes from the meeting, circulated online, state that Pu Zhiqiang is interrogated nearly...

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