Chinese Lawyers Unable To Renew Licenses
Mainland Chinese lawyers known for defending rights have been unable to get their licenses renewed ahead of an annual deadline, a Hong Kong group said Friday.
China Human Rights Lawyers’ Concern Group chairman Albert Ho identified three of the lawyers at a news conference in Hong Kong on Friday, and said there were others whom he didn’t want to name because he didn’t want to jeopardize their status.
Ho said it wasn’t clear exactly how many lawyers were still unable to renew their licenses before the Saturday deadline.
The three lawyers who Ho said agreed to be identified were Teng Biao and Li Heping from Beijing and Zhang Jiankang from the northern city of Xian.
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