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Xu Zhiyong Appeal Rejected by Chinese Appellate Court


Press Statement
Jen Psaki
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
April 11, 2014

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The United States is deeply disappointed that a Chinese appellate court has upheld the four-year prison sentence for prominent legal scholar and rights advocate Xu Zhiyong as retribution for his public campaign to expose official corruption and for the peaceful expression of his views.

As the United States has previously stated, we remain deeply concerned that the prosecution of Xu and others is part of a deepening pattern of arrests and detentions of public interest lawyers, Internet activists, labor activists, journalists, religious leaders and others who peacefully challenge official Chinese policies and actions.

We call on Chinese authorities to release Xu and other political prisoners immediately, remove restrictions on their freedom of movement, and guarantee them the protections and freedoms to which they are entitled under China's international human rights commitments.

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