EU Urges China To Free Activists On Third Anniversary Of ‘709’ Crackdown | 7/7/2017 | Staff
BEIJING (Reuters) – The European Union urged China to free dozens of activists during a human rights meeting in Beijing this week, three years after a crackdown that jailed scores of lawyers and activists.

The EU-China Human Rights Dialogue which ended on Tuesday came at a sensitive time for China, as families and activists marked the detention of hundreds of people in what has become known as the “709” incident on July 9, 2015.

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Since taking office in 2012, Chinese President Xi Jinping has adopted a zero-tolerance approach to dissent, tightened the party’s grip over the legal profession and overseen the jailing of dozens of rights activists.

The EU delegation said late on Tuesday it raised nearly 30 cases with their Chinese counterparts, from Muslim minority Uighurs “detained in violation of their fundamental human rights” to Tibetan religious figures jailed for speaking out.

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Chinese officials tend to bristle at the mention of individual cases and prefer to discuss only the principles of human rights issues, Beijing-based Western diplomats say.

Among those singled out by the EU were Gui Minhai, a Swedish national and Hong Kong-based bookseller who was abducted while on holiday in Thailand...
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