A Hard Year For Rights

AFP: The wife of Chinese dissident Gao Zhisheng, speaks to the media in Washington, Jan. 18, 2011. At left is the picture of her husband.

One year after Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, activists, journalists and ethnic and religious minorities are facing a harsher political climate than before in China, analysts said on Friday.

Human rights took a hard knock as Beijing boosted arrests and sentencing amid ethnic tension and in the wake of the Arab Spring uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East.

“The human rights situation in China has got worse in the past year,” said Hu Ping, editor of the U.S.-based online magazine, Beijing Spring.

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