China: More than 300 rights lawyers detained in nationwide crackdown, including lawyers who handled cases on corporate abuses; at least 6 face formal charges

[For further information, please refer to: Mass Crackdown on Chinese Lawyers, Defenders and International Reactions: A Brief Chronology, Human Rights in China]

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Author: 馬平, 自由亞洲電台

7月11日晚上7點許,中國維權律師李方平被江西萍鄉安源區鳳凰派出所警察帶走…李方平是中國反歧視領域最著名的反歧視律師,長期關注乙肝病毒攜帶者、艾滋病病毒感染者、殘障人士及婦女權利;曾代理中國乙肝隱私侵權第一案、中國艾滋就業歧視第一案、中國基因歧視第一案、中國殘障人訴公交無障礙設施第一案、中國性別就業歧視第一案、河北邢台輸血感染艾滋病案等多起公益訴訟…李方平並曾發表多篇“公民建議書”,抨擊中國法律中廣泛存在的對一億乙肝病毒攜帶者的歧視性規定,以及戶籍歧視、勞教制度、黑監獄、計劃生育強制墮胎等問題,推動立法及政策的改革和完善。李方平代理的公益維權訴訟,通常是代理弱勢群體抗爭強勢單位,因而觸犯了許多強勢單位的利益,曾經多次受到打擊報復。

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