Beijing threatens lawyers who defend protesters – AsiaNews.it

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The Chinese government has announced new restrictions for who defend in court those people who plan or participate in public rallies. And lawyers have been warned to avoid any contact with foreign organizations and press agencies.

The All-China Lawyers Association, a government-controlled body that regulates the profession, has issued a “Guiding Opinion on Lawyers Handling Mass Cases“. The rules demand that lawyers who take on such cases – brought by protesters and other groups of 10 or more – should report the cases to the association and “accept the monitoring and guidance of the judicial administration agencies”.

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