Tianjin to set political commissars

The bar association of North China’s Tianjin Municipality has vowed to appoint political commissars among its lawyers, a move experts believe would put stress on following the country’s political direction.

The legal sections and departments in Tianjin will appoint political commissars at every level before Saturday, according to a recent conference held in Tianjin, the Tianjin Lawyers Association released a report on Monday on its official WeChat platform.

According to the Communist Party of China (CPC) Tianjin Municipal Committee plan, the lawyers association will ensure the correct political direction of lawyers’ work and also make efforts to build a lawyers’ team that is politically reliable and professionally qualified, Zheng Fengying, secretary-general of the Tianjin Lawyers Association, said at the conference.

The political commissars could lead people to understand the political theories and help promote policies, according to the report.

The conference also demanded social organizations to finish the work of setting political commissars before late June, people.cn reported on Thursday.

The appointment of political commissars in social organizations and strengthening of ideological and political work will expand the work of the CPC to the grassroots level, the report said.

The conference also stressed that creating political commissars will firmly support the leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, as the core and could better use the political advantage of the CPC, according to the report.

 “I have read about the news but I am not sensitive to political topics. Probably we will have some related trainings and exams from time to time in the future,” Tian Cheng, a Tianjing lawyer, told the Global Times on Thursday.

“In a conference with the lawyers association I was informed that they will appoint political commissars, but the commissars have not been chosen yet and we don’t know the next step,” Dong Suning, a lawyer from Tianjin-based AllBright Law Offices, told the Global Times on Thursday.

The judicial environment in China is getting better, so such a move can guide the lawyers in the correct political direction, Dong said.

“Usually the political commissars are set in armies or police, which emphasize discipline and obedience,” Yuan Yulai, a lawyer at Zhejiang Zhixing Law Firm and member of the All China Lawyers Association, told the Global Times on Thursday.

The Tianjin Lawyers Association did not reply to a request for further details about political commissars by press time.

According to statistics from the association’s official website, it has 610 group members and 5,499 individual members by 2015.