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China’s rights record worsened in 2011: group

China’s human rights record worsened in 2011, making it the most repressive year in a decade, after Beijing launched a crackdown following protests across the Arab world, a group said Friday. Hong Kong-based Chinese Human Rights Defenders said in its annual report on rights activists in China that 2011 was…

Chinese activist jailed for 10 years: rights group

BEIJING — A Chinese court said Monday it had jailed veteran activist Chen Xi for 10 years for subversion, one of the longest sentences yet to be handed down in this year’s crackdown on dissent. The court in the southwestern province of Guizhou convicted Chen, who was involved in the…