Chinese Lawyers Chafe at New Oath to Communist Party - NYTimes.com:
"BEIJING — Prominent rights lawyers in China issued sharp criticisms on Thursday of an order from the Justice Ministry that requires new lawyers and those reapplying for licenses to swear an oath of loyalty to the Communist Party.
The Justice Ministry posted the oath on its Web site on Wednesday. The core of it says: “I swear to faithfully fulfill the sacred mission of legal workers in socialism with Chinese characteristics. I swear my loyalty to the motherland, to the people, to uphold the leadership of the Communist Party of China and the socialist system, and to protect the dignity of the Constitution and laws.”"
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