The '709 Crackdown': patterns of repression against Chinese human rights lawyers

ISHR releases a bilingual information flyer on the patterns of repression against Chinese human rights lawyers, and outlines action points for States to step up support to the lawyers’ community since the '709 Crackdown'.

In the weeks following 9 July 2015, over 300 Chinese lawyers and legal activists were harassed, detained and disappeared, in a nationwide police sweep that came to be known as the '709 Crackdown'.

Five years later, Chinese human rights lawyers still face a range of restrictions and rights violations aimed at silencing their calls for justice and reform, and barring them from defending victims in court.

To recognise what has now become known as ‘China Human Rights Lawyers Day’ (9 July), ISHR releases a bilingual information flyer on the persistent patterns of persecution against Chinese human rights lawyers, and outlines measures States should take to strengthen support to lawyers and their relatives.

Update: On the 8th anniversary of the '709 Crackdown', on 9 July 2023, over 60 human rights groups, bar associations, scholars and activists urged global attention in a joint statement to the Chinese government's new wave of repression against human rights lawyers - known as the '709 Crackdown 2.0'.

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