A spokesperson for an international non-profit organization that believes religious freedom is the first freedom, which lays the foundation for all other basic human rights, says a couple of lawyers in China who are being punished for doing their job are fulfilling a verse from Proverbs.
Attorneys Ren Quanniu and Lu Siwei represented another lawyer, Shanghai attorney Zhang Zhan, a citizen journalist and lawyer who was recently sentenced to four years in prison for blowing the whistle about COVID-19's origin. Now, both attorneys have received letters informing them that their law licenses have been revoked.
"They are for human rights, and they are making a stand … hopefully to make some progress," comments Shelah Sandefur of ChinaAid. "They're not wanting to give up. They're wanting to take the stand because they do represent other people who are fighting the government, the Chinese Communist Party."
Though Sandefur suggests the human rights lawyers need to be represented by a human rights lawyer, the two will reportedly represent themselves when they go back to court this week, Ren on Wednesday and the Lu on Thursday. And the ChinaAid spokesperson believes this situation is part of the Communist Party's effort to silence such attorneys.
"Proverbs 28:1 … says, 'The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion,'" Sandefur cites.
She adds, though, that this prosecution may also be a way for the Chinese government to deter other lawyers from taking human rights cases.