December 6, 2016
Recently, an official notice was issued by the Justice Bureau of the city of Jinan stating that the law license of prominent human rights lawyer Li Jinxing has been suspended by Chinese officials. This action was in response to Li’s unacceptable behavior in the court while defending his client Yang Maodong (better known as Guo Feixiong), a free-speech activist who was sentenced to a six-year prison term after he displayed a banner calling on government officials to disclose their assets.
The notice specifically stated that Li interrupted a judge, verbally abused court officials and interfered with formal court proceedings. Three days have been allotted by the bureau to Li for applying a hearing on the suspension of his license; however, Li said that he is yet to decide whether he would appeal the ruling. With respect to this issue, Maya Wang, a China researcher for Human Rights Watch, stated that the “government has just become increasingly intolerant of anyone challenging its power … Despite the promise of President Xi’s rule of law, these lawyers who are basically fighting to promote the rule of law on the ground are being punished.”
(source China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group / 中國維權律師關注組 Facebook)
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