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China: Prisoner of conscience / health concern / ill-treatment: Liu Nianchun

, Index number: ASA 17/078/1996

The above, a veteran dissident and prisoner of conscience, is reported to have been beaten in detention and is feared to be seriously ill. He was sentenced to three years' re-education through labour and was transferred to Shuanghe Labour camp from Tuanhe camp. In Tuanhe he was reportedly beaten by the "head" of a group of fellow prisoners. AI fears that he may be facing further ill-treatment by inmates in Shuanghe, possibly with the tacit approval of prison officials.

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