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In this joint proposal, 121 lawyers and legal professionals ask the State Council to amend article 374 of the Procedural Regulations for the Handling of Criminal Cases by Public Security Organs to ensure the right of lawyers to meet with detained clients is not arbitrarily deprived on the grounds...
Lawyers have responded to Zhengzhou authorities’ refusal to allow them to meet their clients— detained prior to June Fourth—by staging repeated protests. On June 7, approximately 20 lawyers staged an overnight protest outside the Zhengzhou Municipal Public Security Bureau. On June 11, rights...
To protest the recent spate of attacks on Chinese lawyers—in the forms of beating, detention, refusal to let them meet with clients, and disqualifying them from practice—a group of Chinese lawyers, including Liu Weiguo and Zhang Keke, initiated a 24-hour fast relay and called for the participation...
In this statement , the Hong Kong Bar Association (HKBA) responds to three aspects of the White Paper, “The Practice of the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ Policy in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR),” issued by the Information Office of the State Council on June 10. All three aspects...
Lawyer Tang Jingling ( 唐荆陵) was criminally detained on May 16, 2014 on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking troubles” at Baiyun District Detention Center in Guangzhou, after police confiscated two computers and three mobile phones from his home. Tang founded the “Non-violent Citizens’...
In the weeks leading up to the 25th anniversary of the 1989 June Fourth Democracy Movement, many Chinese activists have been detained. A group of 25 Chinese lawyers have issued this statement calling on authorities to abide by Chinese law in the treatment of the recently detained citizens. For more...
Pu Zhiqiang ( 浦志強) was detained on May 6, 2014 on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking troubles” (寻衅滋事) by the Haidian branch of the Beijing Public Security Bureau. He was taken from his home at 4 a.m. on May 5. Later that day, the Public Security officials confiscated files, books, and...

China’s more than 250,000 lawyers do not yet benefit from many of the fundamental protections outlined in the UN Basic Principles for Lawyers. Moreover, the growing body of rights defense lawyers and their increasingly sophisticated and diverse legal activism has triggered heightened interference from authorities, both legal and extralegal.

This chronology was compiled by Legal Professionals for the Public Good (公益法律人), a Google Group, and lists daily events and actions carried out by lawyers, citizens, and officials involved in the Jiansanjiang case from March 21 to April 15. 维权全程 24 天日志 ( 3.21 — 4.15 ) 3月21日 【官方】 抢手机、绑架关押 。 八点十五左右,...
  • Lawyers and citizens declare hunger strike outside Qixing Detention Center, Jiangsanjiang, Heilongjiang, to protest unlawful detention of rights lawyers and citizens. March 25, 2014.
In the days following the March 21 detention of four lawyers — Jiang Tianyong ( 江天勇 ) , Tang Jitian ( 唐吉田 ) , Wang Cheng ( 王成 ) , and Zhang Junjie ( 张俊杰 ) —and approximately 20 citizens , in Jiansanjiang City, Heilongjiang Province, the authorities rounded up and questioned scores of other lawyers...

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