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Human Rights Lawyers Threatened in China

Nearly 20 lawyers in China stand in jeopardy of losing their livelihood, reports The New York Times. But in contrast to the scores of unemployed American lawyers who are victims of the economy, the lawyers in China are victims of their own government, which is taking retaliatory action to discourage them from handling certain controversial cases.

According to the report, Beijing legal authorities have threatened to hold up or outright deny law licenses of 18 of the city's best known civil rights lawyers, who have handled cases such concerning Tibetan political activism and police brutality matters or the tainted milk lawsuits. While authorities in rural China have taken these types of retaliatory actions in the past, as a general matter the Beijing renewal process has been free of this kind of controversy.

There's additional information from the Associated Press.

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on May 27, 2009 at 03:00 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)


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