China crackdown on rights lawyers ‘shocking’: UN expert

A UN rights expert on Wednesday slammed a years-long crackdown on rights defenders and lawyers in China, highlighting the case of one attorney who disappeared after revealing he was tortured in detention. Mary Lawlor, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, warned that a clampdown that began more than five years […]

5 years on: I was one of China’s rights lawyers – detained, tortured but hopeful for the future

By rights lawyer Xie Yanyi  On this 5th anniversary of China’s crackdown on lawyers and rights activists, while reflecting on the precarious changes in the world since then, I still believe that justice and the human spirit are irrepressible.  On July 9, 2015, more than 300 human rights lawyers and activists were subjected to police […]


Something to hide? This Christmas, it was not a rights lawyer on trial, but the Chinese legal system itself

After more than three and a half years of incommunicado detention, Wang Quanzhang has finally faced trial, but little is known of exactly what happened during the closed-door proceedings other than he fired his state-approved lawyer within minutes. We had only first learned about his closed-door trial two days before, on Christmas Eve, along with […]

In full: How the world responded to China’s human rights record at the UN

By Ye Shiwei On 6 November 2018, China underwent the third peer review of its human rights record at the UN Human Rights Council, through a State-led process known as the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). 150 countries made more than 340 recommendations to China. A partially completed, draft outcome report has been published which includes […]


Bar Association head Philip Dykes seeks ‘better understanding’ between Hong Kong and mainland lawyers

The head of Hong Kong’s professional body of lawyers has vowed to continue engaging with their mainland Chinese counterparts, despite warning signs that such efforts may not be entirely welcome. Chairman of the city’s Bar Association Philip Dykes said that he hopes to raise the city’s legal profile internationally, as well as foster “better understanding” […]

‘Scornful and contemptuous’ of the law: 3 years on, Hong Kong activists rally against Beijing’s lawyer crackdown

Hong Kong activists have called for the immediate release of Chinese human rights lawyers and activists ahead of the third anniversary of Beijing’s wide-reaching crackdown. During a march to the China Liaison Office in Sai Wan, they called upon the mainland authorities to reinstate the lawyers’ licenses to practice law. Former lawmaker Albert Ho led the […]