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Reuters: China closes rights law firm for six months

March 19, 2009

Excerpted from Reuters (via AsiaOne):

Some lawyers at the firm, Yitong, had also been involved in calling for direct elections to the state-controlled Beijing Lawyer's Association, which had angered the government, the New York-based group Human Rights in China said in a statement.

"The six-month shutdown sends a chilling warning to all lawyers that the authorities will not tolerate any perceived challenges to their power. This is not the path to a rule of law," said Sharon Hom, the group's executive director.

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