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Monday, November 7, 2005

Gao Zhisheng's law firm ordered closed for a year

The Washington Post reports (Nov. 6) that activist lawyer Gao Zhisheng's (高智晟) law firm was ordered suspended for a year by the Beijing Judicial Bureau on Nov. 4. The report states in part:

Judicial authorities in Beijing have shut down the law firm of a prominent civil rights lawyer after he refused to withdraw an open letter urging President Hu Jintao to respect freedom of religion and stop persecuting members of the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement.

Gao Zhisheng, among the most daring of a generation of self-trained lawyers who have been pushing the Chinese government to obey its own laws, said that the Beijing Bureau of Justice ordered his firm suspended for one year on Friday. The move came just hours after he filed an appeal on behalf of an underground Protestant pastor accused of illegally printing Bibles and other Christian literature.

Radio Free Asia's Cantonese service has several reports in Chinese relating to Gao: click here and here.

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Gao Zhisheng was named one of the top 10 Chinese lawyers in 2001 by the Chinese Bureau of Justice.

A translated shortened version of Gao Zhisheng's letter to Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao can be found at this link...

At the bottom is a link to read the orignal article in Chinese.

Posted by: Dan Sanchez | Nov 11, 2005 8:40:17 AM

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