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China’s Extraordinary Response to the 11-Nation Letter Over the Torture of Human Rights Lawyers
Yaxue Cao, March 28, 2017

When on March 1 Chinese media launched a sudden and all-out smear campaign claiming that the torture of human rights lawyer Xie Yang (谢阳) was a fabrication, and that Western media coverage of it was “fake news,” many of us wondered what this outburst was all about. A UN Human Rights Council meeting? The German Chancellor’s planned visit? Now we know. On February 27, diplomatic missions in Beijing from 11 countries wrote a letter, expressing their "growing concern over recent claims of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment in cases concerning detained human rights lawyers and....

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Human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong

held in secret detention

since Nov. 21, 2016

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