Prominent Christian human rights activist released from jail in China but fears grow for imprisoned pastor

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Xu Zhiyong, whose ‘New Citizens’ Movement’ advocated working within the system to press for change, has been released from jail in ChinaReuters

A prominent Christian human rights activist in China has been released from jail after serving his four-year sentence for ‘gathering a crowd to disturb public order’.

Xu Zhiyong, whose New Citizens’ Movement advocated working within the system to press for change, was detained in 2013 and sentenced in 2014. His closing statement to the court, which he was prevented from reading in full, outlined his case and makes reference to his Christian faith: ‘Common to all those who identify themselves as citizens are the shared notions of constitutional democracy, of freedom, of equality and justice, of love, and faith.’ 

Xu’s lawyer, Zhang Qingfang, told Reuters he had brought Xu up to speed with ‘events on the outside’, including the death of fellow activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate,

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