Aliette Guibert on Fri, 2 Apr 2004 21:35:50 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> Human rights in China / Alert

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Petitioner Sentenced for Internet Postings
March 31, 2004

Human Rights in China (HRIC) has learned that petitioner Ma Yalian has been
sentenced to one and a half years of Reeducation Through Labor (RTL) because
of articles she posted on the Internet exposing the dark side of China's
petitioning system. Ma's harsh treatment is an example of the recent
crackdown by authorities against petitioners.

According to HRIC's sources in China, the decision rendered by Shanghai's
RTL Administrative Committee on March 16 states that "from July 2003 until
February 2004, Ma Yalian on numerous occasions posted on, and other Web sites articles falsely
accusing the Shanghai authorities of causing her physical injury." The
decision also stated that Ma Yalian had "turned petitioning into pestering."

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