China detains more than 50 human rights lawyers and staffers in extensive crackdown
- The coordinated government effort saw lawyers and firm staff members brought in for questioning by police and national security authorities.
- While most were released with warnings, others were sentenced to house arrest and still others remained out of contact in the largest roundup since 2011.
- Unlike other recent crackdowns, these detentions wwere a geographically extensive effort, covering as many as 15 provinces.
“The detentions come only two weeks after the end of the U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue and set an ugly tone for President Xi’s (Jinping) U.S. visit in September.”
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