Courage award

Chinese human rights defender placed under house arrest, banned from receiving U.S. award

Chinese rights lawyer Ni Yulan in Beijing October 6, 2013. (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon)

Chinese human rights activist Ni Yulan has reportedly been kept under house arrest for 12 days by government authorities that also banned her from traveling to the United States to receive her International Women of Courage Award from the State Department last month, she told The Guardian.

Ni, an attorney, has worked to defend people evicted from their homes to make way for development. In 2002 she was left disabled after being beaten by police after filming the demolition of a client’s home. She has also been jailed three times for her work, including defending residents from development associated with the Beijing Olympics. Diplomats from the European Union, Germany, Canada, France, and Switzerland attempted to visit Ni at her home and deliver food over the weekend but were turned away, Ni told The Guardian. The French and German embassies confirmed they had sent diplomats with the group.

“Plainclothes officers did not allow them to come into my home,” Ni said by text message.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has said Ni paid a “steep price” for her work defending others in China.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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