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A sentence of seven years imprisonment has been handed down to veteran journalist GAO Yu today, despite the serious doubts that have been raised about the legal procedure.
The sentence highlights the situation faced by a number of Chinese Human Rights Defenders, including journalists and bloggers, who have been prosecuted for exercising their right to freedom of expression.
We call for the immediate review of Ms GAO Yu's case, in line with international standards, as well as other cases of individuals who have been prosecuted for the peaceful expression of their views or their calls for more transparency.
The protections and freedoms to which they are entitled under the Constitution of the People's Republic of China, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, signed by China more than 15 years ago, must also be guaranteed.