Beijing Police Raid Rights Group Office – Joseph Kahn

From The New York Times:

The Chinese police raided the office of an American-financed human rights group here on Monday shortly before the arrival of the United Nations human rights chief, as the authorities sought to keep a tight lid on dissent during the visit.

The police searched the offices and copied computer files at the Empowerment and Rights Institute, a leading legal and human rights advisory group, employees and visitors to the offices said. The group’s director, Hou Wenzhuo, said as many as 10 plainclothes and uniformed police officers had come to her home as well, but had not arrested her.

The raid came shortly before Louise Arbour, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, arrived in Beijing to discuss China’s rights record with senior Communist Party officials.

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An open letter drawing attention to rights violations in China, signed by 2,281 Chinese citizens, was delivered to Louise Arbour. Chinese Rights Defenders (Gongmin Weiquan) organized this campaign.

August 30, 2005 7:36 AM
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