200 detained

BEIJING – At least 200 lawyers and activists have been detained, questioned or put under surveillance in the past 10 days.

The director of a high-profile law firm in Beijing has pleaded guilty to disorder charges, marking a 10-day government crackdown on human rights lawyers and activists.

Since July 9, more than 200 lawyers and activists have been targeted in what Amnesty International called an “unprecedented” spree of detentions and police questioning.

Director Zhou Shifeng of Fengrui Law Firm faced charges alongside nine lawyers and four staff members at his firm, which has taken on politically sensitive cases for clients like Uighur dissident Ilham Thoti.

Deemed a “criminal gang” by state-run newspaper The People’s Daily, the group faced a range of charges, including inciting disorder and disrupting trial proceedings.