Chinese prosecutors file charges against leading activist Xu Zhiyong

By Simon Denyer, December 14, 2013

BEIJING — Four days after the U.S. government expressed concern about his imprisonment, Chinese prosecutors have filed charges in court against leading activist Xu Zhiyong, his attorney said Friday.

Xu, a legal scholar, founded the New Citizens Movement, a loose network of activists seeking to promote the rule of law and human rights in China. In March and April, several members unfurled banners in Beijing demanding that Communist Party officials publicly disclose their assets, and many have since been arrested as part of a broad crackdown on dissent under President Xi Jinping.

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