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Five qualified independent candidates were barred by the Beijing Lawyers Association (BLA) from the March 4, 2009 runoff election of representatives from the Chaoyang District. The candidates are: Cheng Hai (程海) , Zhang Lihui (张立辉) , Tong Chaoping (童朝平) , Tang Jitian (唐吉田) and Yang Huiwen (杨惠文) ...
Prominent rights defense lawyers Cheng Hai (程海) and Li Subin (李苏濱) were asked to leave their positions at the Beijing Yitong Law Firm on October 30, 2008. They are among 35 lawyers who published an appeal on the Internet on August 26, 2008, calling for direct election of the officials of the state-...
A Beijing lawyer has launched a test of China’s new Open Government Information (OGI) Regulations (政府信息公开条例) , which, according to the OGI, are intended to "ensure that citizens, legal persons and other organizations (公民、法人和其他组织) can obtain government information by lawful means, and increase...
Human Rights in China is deeply concerned that the revised Lawyers Law (律师法), which came into force on June 1, 2008, is already falling short of its goal to "protect the practice of law by lawyers" because of flawed local implementation and the continued abuse by the authorities of China’s highly...
Human Rights in China deplores the Chinese authorities' abuse of its lawyer registration system to harass lawyers who defend people's rights. Judicial authorities have refused to renew the licenses of two lawyers, including Teng Biao (滕彪) , one of China's most active rights defense lawyers. With...
Eighteen Chinese lawyers have made a public offer to provide legal help to Tibetans detained in connection with last month's protests in the Lhasa area and the subsequent violent crackdown on these protests by the Chinese security forces. Their offer of legal assistance, which appeared this week on...


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