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China: Xu Zhiyong four year jail sentence “shameful”

Headline Title:  China: Xu Zhiyong four year jail sentence “shameful” 26 January 2014  The jailing of prominent Chinese legal scholar and activist Xu Zhiyong is a travesty and he should be released immediately, said Amnesty International.A court in Beijing sentenced Xu Zhiyong to four years in prison on Sunday for “gathering a crowd to disturb order in a public place.”Roseann Rife, East Asia Research Director at Amnesty International, commented:“This is a shameful but sadly predictable verdict. The Chinese authorities have once again opted for the rule of fear over the rule of…

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