US Political Prisoner Update

Openhearted Rebellion

By Janet Phelan

In a recent US government human rights report, the US voiced sharp criticism of China’s treatment of human rights lawyers and dissidents.

“The crackdown on the legal community was particularly severe, as individual lawyers and law firms that handled cases the government deemed ‘sensitive’ were targeted for harassment and detention,” the report stated.

The report, which is issued annually by the US State Department, failed to take note that similar repressive tactics are currently being leveled against attorneys and human rights activists in the US.

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