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China: Fear of torture or ill-treatment

, Index number: ASA 17/014/2007

Seven of eight Falun Gong practitioners, [Liang Wenjian (f), aged 39; Lin Zhiyong (m), aged about 40, her husband; Li Dongmei (f); Wang He (sex unknown); Wu Jiangyan (sex unknown); three others (names unknown)], have reportedly been assigned to two years' "Re-education through Labour" (RTL), a form of administrative detention imposed without charge, trial or judicial review, in connection with their Falun Gong activities. They are at risk of torture and ill-treatment. Amnesty International considers them prisoners of conscience, detained for the peaceful exercise of the right to freedom of religion.

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