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Topic - Sophie Richardson
Chinese President Xi Jinping promised to tackle corruption in the country's vast communist power structure, yet in his seven months in power, Chinese authorities have cracked down on activists who fight for honest government.
Chinese dissident Yu Jie said Wednesday that security officials in Beijing tortured him to the brink of death because of his political opinions and friendship with another prominent pro-democracy advocate, Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo.
The wife of Gao Zhisheng, a Chinese human rights lawyer who revealed details of the torture he endured in detention in China, says she has not heard from her husband since he went missing again last April and fears for his life.
An international human rights group is charging China's government with continuing to violate its citizens' human rights and undermining its own plan to protect civil and political rights during the past two years.
Chinese authorities are warning the family and friends of jailed democracy activist Liu Xiaobo against traveling to Oslo to receive the Nobel Peace Prize on his behalf and have stepped up a campaign to discourage other governments from sending representatives to the investiture ceremony on Dec. 10.
Chinese security forces used "disproportionate force" and acted with "deliberate brutality" in crushing a protest in Tibet in 2008, according to an international human rights group.
The second of two columns on the 2008 Summer Olympics in China.
"Torture is endemic in custody in China and the fact that his lawyers have had so much trouble getting to see him, we are extremely worried about his whereabouts and well-being," said Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch.
"Xi Jinping goes out in public and calls for a crackdown on corruption, and he gets to run the country, while [anti-corruption activist] Liu Ping does that and she gets prosecuted. The hypocrisy is astonishing," Ms. Richardson said.