Letter to Ashton on human rights lawyers in China

01/07/2011 – Amnesty International is deeply concerned about the current situation of human rights lawyers in China, and urges the EU to call on the Chinese government to guarantee space for lawyers to exercise their profession. Human rights lawyers are at serious risk of being picked up and vanishing into a legal limbo, with forcible disappearance or arbitrary detention on the increase. Alarmingly, incidences of torture and other ill-treatment appear to be on the rise.