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New restrictions on legal advocacy prompt the lawyer Yang Jinzhu to send the justice ministry a protest letter with 168 signatures

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he regulations, announced last month and due to come into effect on November 1, follow the arrest or detention of hundreds of civil rights lawyers in July 2015 and the subsequent sentencing this summer for some of them. Many of the lawyers had relied on tactics that are soon to be banned, including courting public opinion through protests, open letters and online efforts to help defendants in a system that convicts over 99 percent of all who face trial.
6 months ago
Lucas Niewenhuis
By Lucas Niewenhuis
Lucas Niewenhuis is an associate editor at SupChina who helps curate daily news and produce the company's newsletter, app, and website content. Previously, Lucas researched China-Africa relations at the Social Science Research Council and interned at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He has studied Chinese language and culture in Shanghai and Beijing, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
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