EU urges China to free activists on third anniversary of ‘709’ crackdown

The EU-China Human Rights Dialogue which ended on Tuesday came at a sensitive time for China, as families and activists marked the detention of hundreds of people in what has become known as the “709” incident on July 9, 2015. Since taking office in 2012, Chinese President Xi Jinping has adopted a zero-tolerance approach to dissent, tightened the party’s grip over the legal profession and overseen the jailing of dozens of rights activists.


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