China threatens licenses of lawyers who represent pro-democracy activists

China threatens licenses of lawyers who represent pro-democracy activists


Chinese authorities have threatened to revoke the law licenses of two attorneys for defending a group of Hong Kong protesters arrested in December trying to flee to Taiwan, one of the lawyers revealed.

Lawyers Ren Quanniu and Lu Siwei were hired by family members of some of the 12 activists, after the group were arrested on charges of illegal boundary crossing.

Most of the group were facing charges related to the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong in 2019, while one member, Andi Li, was being investigated by Chinese authorities for violating the new national security law imposed on the city by Beijing last year.

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The group was arrested when the Chinese Coast Guard stopped their speedboat en route to Taiwan.

When Ren and Lu were hired, law enforcement authorities refused to grant the two access to their clients, instead forcing government defense attorneys on them.

In June of 2020, China approved a sweeping and contentious national security law that permitted Communist

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