China Lawyers Call For More Open Bar Association

From AP:

A splinter group of Chinese , frustrated by official interference in their work, is pushing Beijing’s government-controlled bar association to hold open elections, complaining that the organization doesn’t safeguard their rights.

The disaffected lawyers have in recent days circulated petitions online, sent text messages and letters, and tried to mobilize their colleagues to urge the Beijing Lawyers’ Association to hold free and fair elections for senior officers later this year.

Their campaign faces long odds. Only 56 out of Beijing’s 16,000 lawyers have so far signed up.

For more on this, see a translation of the lawyers’ appeal here, and “Tempest in the Beijing Lawyers Association” from the China Law Prof Blog.

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