tirsdag 16. februar 2021

Disbarred Chinese Rights Lawyers 'Have No Regrets' After Losing Licenses

Two Chinese rights lawyers struck off after speaking out about the cases of 12 Hong Kong activists jailed after trying to escape to democratic Taiwan by speedboat have said they have no regrets about their actions. Lu Siwei and Ren Quanniu both had their licenses to practise law revoked earlier this year after they were hired by two of the defendants' families, and later spoke regularly to the media about being barred from meeting with their clients, and about the huge political pressure brought to bear on their colleagues by local ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials.

"I have no regrets," Ren told RFA on Monday. "I think I did the right thing." "We have a clear conscience about what we did, and now we have to start over: I do believe that there is a future for us," he said. Lu said he couldn't have predicted he would end up in this situation.