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Thursday, August 11, 2016, 12:40

China opposes 'gross interference' by UN experts

By Xinhua

BEIJING - China on Thursday voiced resolute opposition to a call by United Nations human rights experts to release a jailed activist, saying it is "gross interference in China's domestic affairs and judicial sovereignty."

UN human rights experts expressed concern about Yang Maodong, a jailed rights activist whose health is reportedly "deteriorating" after a hunger strike, and urged Chinese authorities to release him.

"This is gross interference in China's domestic affairs and judicial sovereignty and China is resolutely opposed to it," foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said in a released statement.

She said the comments from the UN human rights experts are irresponsible and based on false information, and called on them to do objective and fair work and have constructive dialogue with all countries.

"Yang's health condition is normal and his legitimate rights are guaranteed, based on information from relevant departments," Hua said.

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