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Statement by U.S. Ambassador to China

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Public Affairs Section
United States Embassy, Beijing
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April 16, 2012

Statement by U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke Regarding Ni Yulan and Dong Jiqin

I am very concerned by the sentencing of property and petitioner rights advocate Ni Yulan and her husband Dong Jiqin, as well as Ms. Ni’s health and well-being, particularly in light of past abuses she has suffered. I am also troubled that the couple’s daughter is subject to extrajudicial house arrest. The United States government has long followed the courageous efforts of Ni Yulan and her husband on behalf of disadvantaged groups. I call on China’s authorities to release Ni Yulan and Dong Jiqin, and to cease any restrictions on the freedoms of their family members.