Two Chinese detained rights lawyers return home

April 20, 2011 08:30

BEIJING - Two prominent Chinese human rights lawyers, who had been seized by security officers as part of a broad crackdown on dissent, have since been released and allowed to return to their homes in Beijing on Tuesday.

Jiang Tianyong, a lawyer who has challenged the ruling Communist Party, returned home after disappearing for two months, his wife, Jin Bianling, said by telephone.

"He's skinnier now, but he's in good spirits," Jin said. She declined to give more details, saying it was "not convenient" to speak.

Dozens of rights lawyers and activists have been detained or lost contact with friends and relatives since February, when fears of contagion from Middle East and North Africa uprisings triggered a crackdown by China's domestic security apparatus.

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