Defense Attorney Barred From Trial in Northern China

July 10, 2020 Updated: July 23, 2020

In northern China’s Baotou City, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, an attorney representing a defendant was forbidden to appear in court during a trial. He posted a video on the Internet, appealing for urgent help.

lawyer said: “It’s July 8, 2020. I am in front of the Intermediate Court of Baotou City. There is a trial of a criminal case going on inside the court behind me, of which my client is the defendant. However, I, as the defense attorney, was barred from the court.

It is a serious infringement of the rights of the defendant as well as a serious infringement of the lawyer’s professional rights. It is also a serious damage to the laws and the lawyer’s system in China. Injustice to anyone is a threat to justice of everyone. I am calling for your urgent attention. Thank you, everyone!”