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Lawyer Yu Wensheng Accuses Municipal Bureau of Justice of Illegally Depriving Him of the Right to Practice Law

July 23, 2017

Lawyer Yu Wensheng filed a criminal complaint with the Beijing Municipal Procuratorate requesting that Miao Lin, the Director of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Justice, and others involved be held legally accountable for abusing their power in using the annual renewal of law licenses to suppress lawyers. The complaint argues that after taking office as Director of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Justice in November 2016, Miao Lin has continued to suppress human rights lawyers. After May 2017, the month of the annual review (annual inspection), which many lawyers consider unlawful, Miao Lin and his subordinates also used their official power to cooperate with different levels of Chinese law enforcement bureaus such as the police, procuratorate, courts, detention centers, and other powerful units, to refuse to issue the annual licensing renewal inspection approval stamp to some law firms and some lawyers, so as to restrict lawyers from their normal practice. When Lawyer Yu Wensheng handed in his lawyers’ license for annual renewal, it was illegally confiscated.

Lawyer Yu Wensheng is the defense attorney of lawyer Wang Quanzhang, who was arrested during the 709 crackdown and is still in custody.













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