defending rights

Xu Zhiyong: The Last Ten Years

The new website China Change has translated a lengthy essay by rights lawyer Xu Zhiyong, in which he reflects on his work – and changes in Chinese society – over the past decade. Xu Zhiyong founded the Open...

Sensitive Words: Black Jails, Red Bandits

As of May 14, the following search terms are blocked on Sina Weibo (not including the “search for user” function). Lawyers “Surround and Watch” Black Jails: On May 13, 11 rights defense lawyers were detained and...

Xu Zhiyong: On the New Citizens’ Movement

Rights defense lawyer Xu Zhiyong has continued his advocacy despite years of setbacks. The Open Constitution Initiative, a legal assistance NGO he and several other lawyers founded in 2003, was shut down in 2009 by Beijing...

Pu Zhiqiang: How to Handle the Police

At Slate, William J. Dobson profiles renowned rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, a veteran of June 4th, Charter 08 signatory and friend of Liu Xiaobo, and defender of figures such as Ai Weiwei and Tan Zuoren. The profile is taken from...

Lawyers to Pledge Loyalty to CCP

The Justice Ministry will ask all new lawyers, and lawyers renewing their licenses, to sign an oath of loyalty to the Communist Party for the first time. In recent years, activist lawyers have become among the most outspoken...

The Silent Majority: China's Other Lawyers

At The Huffington Post, John Wagner Givens argues for greater recognition of the work of Chinese lawyers aside from “the handful of well-known activists”: The number of lawyers that are involved in criminal justice...

China Silences its Critics at Home

Beijing-based journalist Paul Mooney talks with Australia’s ABC News about the recent crackdown targeting rights lawyers and activists, which he calls the worst crackdown on dissent since 1989. Listen to the interview...

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