Kill all the lawyers (no, actually, please don’t!)

I just thought I’d post a link to an article with an update about Vietnamese human rights lawyer Le Cong Dinh at the BBC. Nothing too surprising, unfortunately. However, it is interesting that Vietnam, China, and Burma have all recently begun harassing defense lawyers in human rights cases. It’s interesting that many times the most prominent human rights defenders now aren’t the activists but their lawyers. I have followed Burma closely over the past few years and certainly noticed that the National League for Democracy’s lawyers have taken a much more prominent role in communicating with the outside world and bearing the brunt of the regime’s attacks. I’d be curious if readers have come across other examples of defense lawyers becoming more of a target in recent years. Is this actually a trend?

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