Rivals on a Legal Tightrope Seek to Widen Freedoms in China – Joseph Kahn

From The New York Times:

Li Jinsong and Li Jianqiang are Chinese trial lawyers who take on difficult political cases, tangle with the police and seek solace in the same religion, Christianity.

Li Jianqiang is also deeply involved in the so-called weiquan, or rights defense, movement in China. He lives in Qingdao, in eastern China, but he travels around the country to represent clients who are involved in conflicts with the government.

But like many who devote themselves to expanding freedoms and the rule of law in China, the two spend as much time clashing over tactics and principles as they do challenging the ruling Communist Party.The two Mr. Lis are part of a momentous struggle over the rule of law in China. Young, well educated and idealistic, they and other members of the so-called weiquan, or rights defense, movement, aim to use the laws and courts that the Communist Party has put in place as part of its modernization drive to constrain the party’s power. [Full Text]

February 25, 2007 7:11 AM
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