China: Against the law: Crackdown on China’s human rights lawyers deepens

Index Number: ASA 17/018/2011

Human rights lawyers in China are under siege from a state bent on imposing absolute control on them. These lawyers are threatened with suspension of their licences, disbarment and criminal punishment for taking up sensitive cases. This report documents the measures used by the state to intimidate, control and suppress lawyers who dare to take up human rights cases. It analyzes recent trends in the development of the rule of law in China and related patterns of repression.

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