Australia’s Law Society president hits out at Chinese crackdown

by Steve Randall01 Feb 2016
Australia’s Law Society president hits out at Chinese crackdown
Stuart Clark says that the Chinese government’s crackdown on lawyers is an “unwelcome turn in the wrong direction. Writing in The Australian the president of the Australian Law Society notes China’s move towards a rule-of-law but points out that this requires “a secure and independent legal profession.” The Society has called on the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to increase pressure on Beijing and Mr Clark says that it is in Australia’s interests to ensure that China allows its lawyers to operate fairly and freely.
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