China dissident dies on parole

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BEIJING (AFP) – A veteran Chinese dissident who had nearly completed a 12-year prison sentence for “subversion” has died on medical parole, rights groups said yesterday. Writer Yang Tongyan died on Tuesday, nearly three months after surgery to remove a brain tumour, Amnesty International said in a statement, citing information from close friends. Rights groups say  a pattern has emerged where China releases activists from prison in poor health, or only weeks before they pass away, with late Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo being a notable example. “The death of yet another long-term
Chinese detainee on medical parole is alarming,” said Nicholas Bequelin, Amnesty’s East Asia Director.

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