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China Suspends 1,000 Lawyers

When I posted about the disbarment threats to lawyers in Beijing, only 20 faced a risk of losing their livelihoods. Turns out that the situation is far worse, with the Beijing Administration of Judicial Lawyers suspending the licenses of over 1,000 lawyers and 90 law firms for failing to pass a newly concocted registration exam, reports New York-based New Tang Dynasty Television.

According to the article, Shanghai human rights lawyer Ma Tianlin believes the suspension of licenses is retaliation by the Beijing Justice Bureau over the fact that many Beijing lawyers have demanded direct election of members to the Beijing Bar Association. Some of the lawyers have appealed to the bureau and the bar association, and have tried to negotiate with officials about the cancellation and suspension of lawyers' licenses.

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on June 26, 2009 at 04:51 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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