Excerpted from Telegraph:
Human Rights in China, a New York-based organisation, 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," said Sharon Hom, HRIC's director, in a statement. "This is not the path to a rule of law."
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