10 year sentence for Chinese pro-democracy activist too harsh: UN Human Rights Chief

Chinese activist Liu Xianbin was sentenced to 10 years in prison on the charge of "incitement to subvert state power", after writing a series of articles calling for democratic reforms.

Navi Pillay

Navi Pillay

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said she was concerned the sentence was extremely harsh. Navi Pillay said in a statement “dissent is not a crime”.

She also said that the increase in imprisonments, house arrests and other restrictions on lawyers and human rights defenders in China is worrisome.

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