China: Regime says Ai Weiwei abduction “nothing to do with human rights”

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April 7, 2011
Guardian [UK]    
Posted in LAND News, News, PND News

"China's foreign ministry has insisted that a police investigation into artist Ai Weiwei has 'nothing to do with human rights or freedom of expression' after an international outcry against his detention. Relatives say official claims that the 53-year-old is being investigated for 'economic crimes' are absurd, claiming the accusations are politically motivated because of his record of activism and social criticism. ... Ai's detention comes amid a crackdown that has seen scores of activists, dissidents and lawyers criminally detained, formally arrested or simply disappear." (04/07/11)  

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