China targets rights lawyers as crackdown on activists widens




 
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China targets rights lawyers as crackdown on activists widens
 
July 12th, 2015  
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China targets rights lawyers as crackdown on activists widens
By Gerry Shih BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese authorities have widened a crackdown on human rights groups, detaining or questioning more than 50 lawyers and activists in a sweep over the past few days, rights groups say. Citing the need to buttress national security and stability, President Xi Jinping's administration has tightened government control over almost every aspect of civil society since 2012. Amnesty International said on Saturday at least 52 lawyers and activists from Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou had been detained or questioned over the previous 48 hours.

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