China: Chinese Rights Lawyer Demoted From Teaching Post at Shandong University

May 9, 2019

Rights lawyer and university lecturer Liu Shuqing is shown in an undated photo.

A university in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong has fired a lecturer and human rights lawyer after he “repeatedly published inappropriate comments” in the media, RFA has learned.

Rights lawyer Liu Shuqing, who also works at a public interest law firm, was told to stop teaching classes at the Shandong Qilu University of Technology last year.

The university issued a statement accusing Liu of “violating teaching standards of practice” and being a “bad influence.”

Liu, who was hired to teach by the college’s school of chemical engineering, said he had also been rated “unqualified” in a recent staff assessment, although he was the only one in his faculty to fail his assessment.

The school will now go through a disciplinary process based on two posts he made on the internet, about a government grading system for lawyers and the abuse of official power.

But he said he had never discussed his opinions while teaching, and that there was nothing illegal in either post.


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