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