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Lawyer Daniel Wong is escorted by police outside his office in Hong Kong Lawyer Daniel Wong, center, is escorted by police outside his office in Hong Kong, Jan. 14, 2021 (AP photo by Vincent Yu).

China’s Repression of Human Rights Lawyers Will Leave ‘No One Left Standing’

, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021

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After months of petitioning, Xu Yan just saw her husband for the first time in three years. A prominent human rights lawyer in China, Yu Wensheng was seized by a dozen police officers, including a SWAT team, on a January morning three years ago, when he left his apartment in Beijing to walk his 13-year-old son to school. Yu, who was nominated for a prominent international human rights award this week, had represented some of the 300 lawyers and activists rounded up in a massive crackdown in China in 2015. Hours before his arrest, he had written an open letter calling for constitutional reform. ...

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