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AFP: Beijing human rights law firm shut down

March 19, 2009

Excerpted from AFP:

New York-based Human Rights in China said the firm may have been punished because some of its lawyers had signed an appeal in August 2008 calling for direct elections in the Beijing Lawyers Association, a government administered body.

"The six-month shutdown sends a chilling warning to all lawyers that the authorities will not tolerate any perceived challenges to their power," HRIC director Sharon Hom said in a statement.

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