China’s Justice Ministry issued a notice demanding lawyers to take a loyalty oath to the Communist Party of China

Lawyers of Huainan City, Anhui Province pledge an oath of allegiance to the Communist Party of China

China’s Justice Ministry issued a notice on December 3, 2012 demanding that first-time applicants and lawyers who want to renew their licenses have to take a loyalty oath to the Communist Party. Details of the notice, availble here.

Here’s the full text of the oath, translated at Siweiluozi’s Blog:

I volunteer to become a practicing lawyer of the People’s Republic of China and promise to faithfully perform the sacred duties of a socialist-with-Chinese-characteristics legal worker ; to be faithful to the motherland and the people; to uphold the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party and the socialist system; to safeguard the dignity of the constitution and the law; to practice on behalf of the people; to be diligent, professional honest, and corruption-free; to protect the legitimate rights and interests of clients, the correct implementation of the law, and social fairness and justice; and diligently strive for the cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics!

This notice raises much controversy, details here and here.

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