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This fabulous infographic from Legal Daily explaining the recent action against lawyers is truly worthy of study. I hope you will log in and use factlink to continue the discussion of individual statements that we have already begun.

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Explaining the "Rights Defense" ring in one graphic


Who are the "Rights Defense Ring"?

An suspected major criminal syndicate that since July 2012 has used the Fengrui Law Office in Beijing as a platform to organize, plan, and hype up over 40 sensitive cases and serious disruptions of public order.


Constituent Members

The vast majority of ring members are dissatisfied with the current situation and with the government, taking advantage of a few incidents to vent and cause trouble, advocating that it's "an honor to be arrested".


Organizational structure

  • Organization Core:
    • Fengrui Law Office head Zhou Shifeng's administrative assistant Liu Sixin, the lawyers exchange group and others
  • Action planners:
    • Lawyers Wang Yu, Wang Quanzhang, and promoters Cui Yan, Bao Longjun
  • Casual participants:
    • Liu Huang and others


The Content of "Rights Defense"

√ Not taking cases that aren't sensitive

√ Not hyping incidents that aren't hotspots

"Rights Defense" Funds

Online fundraising Foreign (non-mainland) funding



The "Rights Protection" Workflow

"Rights Protection" LawyersPromoters"Petitioners"
Take the lead in initiatingPlot and organizeGather around and cause trouble

Take "The Qingan Shooting Case" as an example

1.Online Hype: "Rights defense" lawyers set up a Qing'an Incident Rights Defense Group, issuing rumors and inflammatory speech ⇓

2. Race to the Scene: 6 lawyers in Qingan station large banners, and Xu Chunhe mother signed Dali ⇓

3. Touts Promote: Pressure is put on the government by Doxing local officials, Wu Gan offered a reward of 100,000 yuan for video of the scene⇓

4. Organizing the so-called petitioners: Petitioners were organized to "express their support" in Qing'an on five occasions, for which they could be compensated


Characteristics of "Rights Defense"

New: A new way of thinking, lawyers no longer operate following the legal procedures as before

Unusual: Invite a few 'characters' like Wu Gan to do a few things that normal people wouldn't do. For example, Wu Gan once stuck a photo of a female cadre's face on a naked manikin, broadcast "the Daily Sleep" online, and set up a 'wake' for a certain high court leader outside the courts doors.

Special: Use a few special methods such as handling cases by making verbal shows of support on and offline and stirring up bystanders; Reporting and making complaints about judges, police handling the cases and officials; organize parties, friends and family, as well as uninvolved parties, to lay siege to political and legal organs.

Contact Methods

Use WeChat, QQ groups, Telegram, and other messaging tools

Incite planning of these actions and carry out operations training

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$ The Goals of "Rights Defense"

LawyersLaw Firm Staff"Petitioners"
Raise their profiles, earn higher feesEnrich themselves while collecting donationsHundreds in subsidies, detention allowances, and incidentally resolve personal grievances

"Rights Defense" Cases

The case of a certain Mr Xue in Qufu, Shandong Province

The Jiansanjiang Incident in Heilongjiang Province

The incident of the detention of the Zhengzhou Ten

The case of the lawyer Xie Yang taking legal action against Hunan judicial administration authorities


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Jeremy Daum is a Senior Fellow of the Yale Law School Paul Tsai China Center, based in Beijing, with over a decade of experience working in China on collaborative legal reform projects. His principal research focus is criminal procedure law, with a particular emphasis on protections of vulnerable populations such as juveniles and the mentally ill in the criminal justice system, and is also an authority on China’s ‘Social Credit System’. Jeremy has spoken about these issues at universities throughout China and in the U.S.; and has co-authored a book on U.S. Capital Punishment Jurisprudence for Chinese readers. He is also the founder and contributing editor of the collaborative translation and commentary site, dedicated to improving mutual understanding between legal professionals in China and abroad.
He translates, writes, edits, does web-design, graphic design, billing, tech support, and social media outreach for China Law Translate.


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