In a strong collective signal from China's professional legal community, 132 lawyers issued a joint statement protesting the unlawful practice of imposing security checks on lawyers by local courts. The statement, whose signatories include prominent Beijing rights defense lawyers Li Fangping (李方平), Jiang Tianyong (江天勇), and Tang Jitian (唐吉田), has been made available in both Chinese and English by Human Rights in China. According to the statement, 'unlawful security inspection of lawyers upon entering courthouses has become a common phenomenon in many local-level courts.' In the opinion of the statement's signatories, 'this practice not only contravenes existing relevant regulations currently in force, but also seriously violates the personal rights of licensed lawyers.'
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