China Jails and beats women activists


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China Jails Disabled Rights Activist

 

In this June 30, 2010 file photo, Ni Yulan is helped by her husband Dong Jiqin while heading back to a hotel in Beijing.

China has sentenced disabled human rights lawyer Ni Yulan to two years and eight months in prison on charges of causing a disturbance and committing fraud, prompting complaints by rights activists.  A Beijing court sentenced the 51-year-old lawyer on Tuesday. Her husband, Dong Jiqin, was also jailed for two years on similar charges.  Both deny the charges, and their supporters say the charges were intended to silence their criticism of the government. The two were arrested a year ago as part of a wider crackdown on political dissent following anonymous online calls for protests in China after a series of uprisings in Arab countries.  Sarah Schafer, a Hong Kong-based China researcher with Amnesty International, told VOA the sentence is “absolutely unfair.” She charged that Ni Yulan was targeted because she and her husband have been outspoken advocates for victims of land rights violations.  “Ni…

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