International Law

Chinese Human Rights Lawyer Freed, Warned About Speaking Out

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A Chinese human rights lawyer is free after spending 41 hours in government custody.

Teng Biao said officers from the Beijing Public Security Bureau warned him about recent articles he had posted on the Internet and told him he should not speak out, the New York Times reports. Teng said officers questioned him intensively during his confinement at an unknown location.

Human rights groups complain that China is cracking down on human rights lawyers and other dissidents in advance of the Olympic Games to be held in August in Beijing.

Teng had co-written an open letter that said China had not lived up to its promise to improve human rights before the Olympic Games. His co-author, lawyer Hu Jia, has been detained on charges of inciting subversion of state power.

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