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Licence to practice not renewed for lawyers who defend human rights or Falun Gong
Each year, Chinese lawyers must have local bar associations renew their licence to practice. Last year and even more so this year, renewal has been often rejected or made very difficult for lawyers who defend Tibetans, pro-rights activists or Falun Gong members.
Gao Zhisheng, the lawyer "who defies the Communist Party"
Five human rights activists have disappeared of late. Together with Gao Zhisheng, they are fighting to "restore human rights in China". AsiaNews introduces the man who makes Communist government leaders tremble with his open letters, his criticism of political and religious repression and his legal work in defence of the persecuted. His group has launched a hunger strike which has drawn many participants and enjoys widespread media coverage.
Beijing denies entry visa to Miss Canada, she denounced the persecution of Falun Gong
Anastasia Lin wanted to participate in the final of Miss World in China. She has been stuck at the international airport of Hong Kong, because she "is not welcome". She belongs to the Falun Gong movement, whose members are branded as "heretics" and persecuted by the authorities. "They want to keep me from talking about human rights. I have been excluded from the competition for political reasons".
China: three lawyers arrested for defending the rights of Falun Gong members
CHRD denounces "a progressive deterioration of the situation" for lawyers who fight for human rights in China”. One of the three arrested had already been sentenced in 2005 to one year of re-education through forced labour for the same reason.
Defense attorney for Falun Gong beaten bloody by police
A brutal attack yesterday in Chengdu, in broad daylight. When the police arrived, the attackers said they were public officials, and no charges were filed. An alarming rise in violence and intimidation against lawyers who defend human rights.
Chinese official: Beijing has won the battle against Falun Gong
A member of a pro-government organisation claims that "people have understood the nature of the movement", the practice of which has been wiped out. In 1999 Jiang Zemin launched a harsh campaign of repression against an "illegal and subversive” cult. Official media maintain a low profile; activists denounce the death of 3 thousand people and tens of thousands of cases of torture.
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