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Wives of human rights lawyers from law firm Fengrui, who were detained almost a year ago during the “709 Crackdown”, wear dresses emblazoned with the names of their husbands near the national prosecutors office in Beijing after attempting to hand in a formal complaint. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

Amnesty International has called for an end to the repression of lawyers and activists on the first anniversary of the the “709 Crackdown”, which led (...)

A plainclothes policeman holds onto Zhang Qingfang (centre), the lawyer of Xu Zhiyong, to put him into a police car as journalists follow the lawyer after Xu’s trial, near the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court in Beijing today. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

A Chinese court sentenced one of China’s most prominent rights advocates to four years in prison today after he campaigned for the rights of children (...)