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Eric Friedman
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Kathryn Inman

Statement by New York City Bar President Samuel W. Seymour on the Awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo

The New York City Bar Association’s recent mission to China included an extensive meeting with the lawyers who have worked to protect Liu Xiaobo over the years. We hope the awarding of the 2010 Nobel Peace prize to Liu Xiaobo will focus attention on human rights concerns in China, including the dangers lawyers face in representing dissidents in China. There are lawyers in China who risk threats, harassment, loss of their livelihood, detention and worse, and yet continue to provide representation to dissidents, as well as to children, migrant workers and others seeking to assert their rights.

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The New York City Bar Association ( was founded in 1870, and since then has been dedicated to maintaining the high ethical standards of the profession, promoting reform of the law, and providing service to the profession and the public. The Association continues to work for political, legal and social reform, while implementing innovative means to help the disadvantaged. Protecting the public’s welfare remains one of the Association’s highest priorities.