'Hypocritical crackdown' on China corruption activists: Amnesty
BEIJING (AFP) - Amnesty International condemned on Tuesday the forthcoming trials of eight anti-corruption activists in China, calling them "hypocritical" and saying they highlighted flaws in the ruling Communist Party's much-publicised anti-graft campaign.
Starting Wednesday with the case of Xu Zhiyong, one of China's most prominent current dissidents, the eight activists face possible five-year prison sentences in separate trials this week.
The activists are part of a loose-knit group referred to as the New Citizens Movement founded by Mr Xu, a well-known lawyer and human rights campaigner.
They are being prosecuted over peaceful protests in which they held up banners calling for government officials in China to disclose their financial assets, seen by some as a reform which would combat corruption.