China sentences prominent rights activist to four years

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 25, 2014 8:39 PM

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese court sentenced one of China's most prominent rights advocates to four years in prison on Sunday after he campaigned for the rights of children from rural areas to be educated in cities and for officials to disclose their assets.

The Beijing No.1 Intermediate People's Court found Xu Zhiyong guilty of "gathering a crowd to disturb public order", the court said on its official microblog. Xu was tried on Wednesday.

(Reporting by Sui-Lee Wee; Writing by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Paul Tait)