Tuesday, August 11, 2009

China arrests lawyer for advocating "rule of law"

The New York Times has a story about an arrest in China of Xu Zhiyong, a lawyer, supposedly for tax evasion, but apparently motivated by his advocacy of placing constitutional limitations on the arbitrary use of power by the “Capitalist-Communist” government of the Peoples Republic of China, so well documented last year by Ted Koppel’s documentary. The article also covers the histories of lawyers Gao Zhisheng and Chen Guangcheng, the latter having tried to expose China’s birth control program.

The story is by Andrew Jacobs, appears on the front page Aug. 10, and is titled “New blog to rights campaign as China detains legal activist”, link here.

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