Outspoken human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang has been accused of picking quarrels and inciting ethnic hatred. Pu is known for defending artist Ai Weiwei in a tax evasion case and he has also campaigned for the abolition of labor camps.
The six members of the Brotherhood for Democracy accused of trying to overthrow the communist government have been given prison sentences by a Hanoi court. Lawyer Nguyen Van Dai was singled out for special treatment.
A landmark class action suit against the Kenyan government and a company over compensation for victims of pollution scheduled to start today was held up by two conflicting lawyers, prolonging the plaintiffs’ misery.
Prominent legal activist Yu Wensheng has been charged with "inciting subversion of state power," according to his lawyer. Yu was detained at his apartment two weeks ago after calling for democratic reforms in China.
China has sentenced prominent rights activist Wu Gan to eight years for subversion after online criticism of Beijing's leaders. His jailing is the harshest punishment in a two-year crackdown on dissent.
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