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China: Fear of torture and ill-treatment/arbitrary detention: Chen Guangcheng (m)

, Index number: ASA 17/037/2005

Human rights defender Chen Guangcheng, a self-educated lawyer who has been helping villagers in the eastern province of Shandong to take legal action against the local authorities, and who has a long history of campaigning for the rights of farmers and the disabled, has been under house arrest since 7 September. Amnesty International considers him to have been arbitrarily detained, and believes that he is at risk of torture and ill-treatment

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