Many lawyers encountered persecution. Generally speaking, they bravely take the lead against dictatorship, in order to help vulnerable groups according to the law. They offended those officials in power, thus they were suppressed.
Xie Yanyi is a Beijing-based human rights lawyer working at the Beijing Kaitai law firm. In 2008 he highlighted the government's attempts to install surveillance equipment on all computers sold in China by bringing a case against the Minister for Industry and Information Technology for violating citizens' rights.
He has also represented a number of Falun Gong practitioners who have faced persecution because of their beliefs and challenged local authorities' abuse of power.