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Tibetan lawyers major force in rights protection

By Source:Xinhua 2015-08-05

Lawyers in Tibet have been a major force in protecting the legitimate rights and interests of farmers and herders and in building a harmonious Tibet.

With the first law office established in 1984 in Tibet, the number of lawyers in the region has grown from three to present 94. 

In 2008, lawyers handled altogether 1,416 cases, according to He Ping, deputy director-general of the Department of Justice of Tibet Autonomous Region.

During the trial of the March 14 Lhasa riot case, many lawyers defended for the accused. The attenuating circumstances lodged by them were adopted by the court after verification.

Apart from dealing with regular cases, Hengfeng Law Office also set up the Station of Rights Protection for Farmers, Herders, and Migrant Workers, and the Yangjin Legal Aid Center.

The Yangjin Legal Aid Center provides free legal service for those litigants who are in financial troubles or involved in special cases, so as to ease off social conflicts and safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of the general public. 

To pursue sustainable development of the profession, Qomolangma Law Office spent 300,000 yuan on establishing a scholarship of the same name. Each year, it will help five impoverished Tibetan college students of political science and law to make them as reserve forces of future Tibetan lawyers.

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