Against the Law Crackdown on China’s Human Rights Lawyers Deepens

29/06/2011 – Human rights lawyers in China are under siege from a state bent on imposing absolute control on them. These lawyers are threatened with suspension of their licences, disbarment and criminal punishment for taking up sensitive cases. Where threats or suspension fail, lawyers are targeted with state violence. They are placed under police surveillance. They may be arbitrarily detained or imprisoned. Some are tortured; some simply go missing.