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American Bar Association’s decision to give rights award to detained Chinese lawyer worries some members about the group’s work on legal reform in China

3 months ago
Sky Canaves
he ABA was criticized for pandering to China's government due to a decision in 2015 not to publish a book by a dissident Chinese lawyer, an outcry that led the organization to take a stronger stance this month by choosing to honor a detained rights lawyer, Wang Yu. Some members of the organization worry that the award will offend the Communist Party, putting their efforts to reform China's legal system at risk.
By Sky Canaves
Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.