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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Chinese political prisoner and wife sue Yahoo! in US federal court

The April 18th issue of the New York Times carries a report that begins as follows:

A Chinese political prisoner and his wife sued Yahoo in federal court Wednesday, accusing the company of abetting the commission of torture by helping Chinese authorities identify political dissidents who were later beaten and imprisoned.

The suit, filed under the Alien Tort Claims Act and the Torture Victims Protection Act, is believed to be the first of its kind against an Internet company for its activities in China.

For an in-depth discussion, with links to the complaint and to other relevant English and Chinese documents, check out Rebecca MacKinnon's blog posting.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/china_law_prof_blog/2007/04/chinese_politic.html

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