Three la­bor ac­tivists in China get sus­pended prison terms

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

A court in south­ern China has sen­tenced three prom­i­nent la­bor or­ga­niz­ers to sus­pended prison terms, hu­man rights groups and a lawyer for one of them said Mon­day, more than nine months af­ter they were ar­rested amid a crack­down on civic or­ga­ni­za­tions that work out­side the Com­mu­nist Party.

The ac­tivists, who live in the south­ern prov­ince of Guang­dong, could still be im­pris­oned if found guilty of any fur­ther of­fenses, the lawyer, Lai Shengqi, said by tele­phone.

Zeng Feiyang, was charged with “gath­er­ing a crowd to dis­turb so­cial or­der” and sen­tenced to three years with a four-year sus­pen­sion. The two other or­ga­niz­ers, Tang Jian and Zhu Xiaomei, were sen­tenced to 1 ½ years in prison with two-year sus­pen­sions, said Wil­liam Nee, a China re­searcher in Hong Kong for Amnesty In­ter­na­tional.

The sen­tences for Zhu and Tang, while rel­a­tively mild, were sur­pris­ing be­cause the two had been re­leased on bail. — The New York Times

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