China: Zhisheng (October, 2006)

The Law Society expresses its deep concern over the news that human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, Director of the Beiging - based Shengzhi Law office, is reported to have been detained and is being held incommunicado. The Law Society is also concerned over reports that the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Justice has suspended the operations of the Shengzhi Law office for one year, that Gao Zhisheng's licence to practice law was revoked and that, before his detention, he was subjected to continuous surveillance and other forms of harassment and intimidation by the authorities. These events appear to be linked to Gao Zhisheng's discharge of his legitimate professional duties.

Convocation approved the following letters of intervention, dated October 30, 2006.

Letters of Intervention