Why Pu Zhiqiang's arrest matters for all of us

The recent arrest of rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang has implications not only for dissidents and NGOs but for everyone who deals with China at home and abroad.

Lowy Interpreter

It took me about a month in Beijing, and my first investigative story in the adjacent hills, to realise that the question of 'human rights in China' was not a concern only for trouble-making dissidents and well-meaning Western NGOs. Rather, it was a core concern to every single one of China's 1.3 billion people, from workers in illegal coal mines to leaders in Zhongnanhai.

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