Laws, Not Favours, For Political Prisoners

From Dui Hua Human Rights Journal:

Hearing that Singapore Straits Times correspondent Ching Cheong (程翔) had been released on parole earlier this month and allowed to return to Hong Kong, we noticed many similarities to the January 1997 release of Ming Pao journalist Xi Yang (席扬), who was also granted parole following an international campaign and allowed to return to Hong Kong after serving less than one third of a 12-year sentence for trafficking in state secrets. Both releases were the result of political decisions made at the highest levels in Beijing, decisions that despite being made “in accordance with the law,” actually suggest more of a willingness to bend China’s laws and regulations, rather than operate subject to them.


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