The Gillis Long Poverty Law Center recently signed-on to a letter through Lawyers for Lawyers, supporting detained human rights lawyers in china.

In an open letter to President Xi Jinping, 24 organisations, including L4L, have strongly condemned the recent unprecedented and seemingly well-coordinated detention campaign of a large number of human rights lawyers in China (see the Chinese version of the letter here). The wave of arrests followed the disappearance of lawyer Wang Yu on 9 July 2015. As of 21 July, a total of at least 242 lawyers, law firm staff and human rights defenders have been detained, arrested, held incommunicado, summoned, or otherwise had their freedom temporarily restricted.

The organisations call upon the Chinese government to ensure that all of the detained, who have been arbitrarily deprived of their liberty, should be immediately released. If they are not immediately released, the government should at least disclose their whereabouts and ensure that they have prompt and regular access to their lawyers and family.

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