Rights group urges release of Chinese activist jailed for 13 years for subversion


BEIJING (Reuters) – New York-based Human Rights Watch on Thursday called for the unconditional release of a veteran Chinese rights activist after he was jailed for 13 years for subversion, one of the longest sentences handed down in a multi-year crackdown.

President Xi Jinping has overseen a sweeping crackdown on all forms of dissent, jailing dozens of rights lawyers in what rights groups call one of the most severe attacks on pro-democratic activism since 1989.

News of the activist’s jailing came a day after China allowed Liu Xia, the widow of dissident and Nobel Peace laureate Liu…



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