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  • 16.10.2021
Human rights lawyer detained in Beijing

Human rights lawyer detained in Beijing

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Chinese human rights lawyer Yu Wensheng has been detained in Beijing, according to an advocacy group.

Yu's wife told Amnesty International researcher Patrick Poon that her husband was detained on Friday morning.

"His detention shows that the Chinese government is less and less tolerant towards criticism on state leaders," Poon said.
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His arrest comes four days after his legal licence was nullified.

"Yu Wensheng has recently been suspended from legal practice and his application for starting a new law firm was also rejected. It's extremely worrying if he'll be charged with any serious crimes like 'inciting subversion of state power,'" Poon said.

Yu's arrest was likely linked to his report Ideas on Revising the Constitution, which was published on Thursday.
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China's Central Committe is currently debating reform of the country's constitution which is expected to include more contributions from President Xi Jinping.

Yu has been reprimanded in the past for "rejecting the leadership of the party" and "attacking the socialist Rule of Law in China," according to the Hong Kong-based China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group.

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