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China: Authorities must drop charges against human rights activist

22 December 2011 Amnesty International today called on Chinese authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Chen Wei, a human rights advocate set to stand trial on 23 December on charges of “inciting subversion of state power” over essays he wrote that were critical of the Communist Party.According to the indictment, seen by Amnesty International, Chen Wei’s charge stems from four essays he allegedly posted online and “sent to overseas organizations,” including New York-based human rights group, Human Rights in China. Amnesty International fears Chen Wei could receive a harsh sentence,…

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