(From AFP)

China prevented a human rights lawyer from travelling to the United States to receive an award for her work, she said Thursday as she condemned the restriction on her freedom.

Ni Yulan (C) and her husband Dong Jiqin (3rd L) pose for a photo with friends during an interview in Beijing

Authorities refused to provide Ni Yulan with a passport to attend a ceremony on Tuesday in Washington, DC honoring her with “International Women of Courage”, a day before Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in the city for a nuclear summit.

The Public Security Bureau “would not let me leave”, Ni said, adding that authorities informed her she was being stopped due to her involvement with more than 200 rights lawyers and activists detained by the government last summer.

“It is purely to limit my personal freedom,” she said.

Ni is best known for her advocacy on behalf of Beijingers’ property rights. She has been jailed twice and is paralyzed from the waist down, a result she says of beatings received during her detention.

In a tongue-in-cheek letter posted online Wednesday, she thanked the “party and government” for making her award nomination possible, noting it was the direct result of abuse in 2014 when, she said, authorities held her in her apartment without food or water. Read More

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