Activist Lawyer Teng Biao Vows to Continue Fight

Activist Lawyer Teng Biao Vows to Continue Fight

South Morning Post’s Verna Yu profiles Chinese rights lawyer Teng Biao as he moves to after two years as a visiting scholar at the Chinese of Hong Kong. He discusses the shifting political that saw him first praised for his work, then barred from teaching or practicing law, repeatedly detained, and held in solitary confinement for ten weeks in .

Over the past year and a half, scores of his friends and fellow campaigners, including legal scholar Xu Zhiyong and lawyer Ding Jiaxi of the , have been jailed over their calls for officials to declare their assets.

Without going into specifics, he said mainland authorities were now targeting his family as a way of punishing him. But he insisted: “I cannot give in.”

[…] Teng said it was ironic how he and Xu, lauded in 2003 by state for their contributions to the , ended up considered “enemies of the state”.

“But we haven’t changed, we’re still pushing the rule of law and human rights – it’s the government that has changed; they now see us as troublemakers.” [Source]

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