Daily News header

Chinese Court Rejects Corruption Activist Xu Zhiyong Appeal

By     get stories by email

China Suppresses Freedom Of Assembly And Association

A Chinese appellate court upheld a four year prison sentence imposed earlier this year on jailed legal scholar and human rights advocate Xu Zhiyong.

Xu Zhiyong faces a four-year jail term on charges of gathering a crowd to disturb public order. He was accused of organizing protests in 2012 and 2013.

In addition, Xu's assistance to create the New Citizens' Movement that seeks official disclosure of assets has created a stir in the communist country.

US Dismayed By China Court Rejection Of Xu's Appeal

xu
Xu was born in Minquan County, Henan in 1973. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. Department of State expressed dismay following the court's decision.

In her remarks in Washington DC, US Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said the United States is deeply disappointed that a Chinese appellate court upheld the four-year prison sentence fo Xu Zhiyong.

The US considers 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." - Ms. Psaki

The US government also reiterated its call for China to 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.

Earlier this year, Xu Zhiyong was convicted of assembling a crowd to disrupt public order and sentenced to four years in prison.

According to media reports, the charges are related to small-scale, peaceful street protests by members of his movement called the New Citizens Movement.

Xu is a legal scholar and has been a high-profile activist advocating for rights in China for a decade.

The Chinese Court found Xu guilty of "gathering a crowd to disturb public order" following his closed-door trial on Wednesday.

The hearing and the sentencing took place under heavy security where journalists and diplomats were prohibited to attend.

A Glimpse Into The Life Of Xu Zhiyong

Xu Zhiyong was born in Minquan County, Henan in 1973. He founded the New Citizens' Movement in China which was fined 1.46 million RMB on July 14, 2009 for 'dodging taxes' and was shut down by the authorities.

In 2009, he was arrested at his home, and detained by Chinese authorities on charges of tax evasion.

The activist was under house arrest since Apr 12, 2013, and he was detained on Jul 16, 2013. He was formally arrested on August 2013.

Mina Fabulous follows the news, especially what is going on in the US State Department. Mina turns State Department waffle into plain english. Read more stories by Mina Fabulous. Contact Mina through NewsBlaze.

  Please click this get stories by email button to be notified about future stories, and please leave a comment below.

  Please leave a comment here     If it does not display within 10 seconds, please refresh the page

Related World News News

The notorious Muslim-backed Seleka militants brought terror in the country and took control of the capital of Bangui last year.
The headquarter town of Hamren subdivision in west Karbi Anglong autonomous district has remained in an archaic condition since independence.
Since early this year, Islamic State extremist groups have launched terror in the country and have seized large areas in the country's west and north.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said the US will continue to confront ISIL wherever it tries to spread its despicable hatred.
Bodo militants, who have been demanding a separate state for Bodoland, released a horrific video after killing a girl in Assam's Chirang district.
The Journalists' Forum Assam expressed shock at the murder of James W. Foley, an American photo-journalist who was abducted in November 2012 in Syria.

 

NewsBlaze Writers Of The Month



Popular Stories This Month

newsletter logo

NewsBlaze
Copyright © 2004-2014 NewsBlaze Pty. Ltd.
Use of this website is subject to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy  | DMCA Notice               Press Room   |    Visit NewsBlaze Mobile Site