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Karma Tsewang was detained on 6 December on suspicion of endangering state security. Sixteen of his supporters were detained as well. They have no access to lawyers and are at risk of torture.
Veteran activist Zhang Lin faces a possible five year prison sentence. He was detained for peacefully defending his daughter’s right to education. Zhang Lin has several health problems.
The son and mother of a Shanghai petitioner, Shen Yong, are under tight surveillance and at risk of torture and ill-treatment after Shen Yong was allegedly beaten to death by police in China.
Two houses in Beijing were destroyed without advance notice to residents, and an official warned the remaining residents that their houses will be demolished by 26 November 2013.