July 31, 2009
"Where is Xu Zhiyong?" Evan Osnos in the New Yorker
Here's a fine short essay by the New Yorker's Evan Osnos on the detention (or disappearance, if you prefer, since the police haven't admitted they've got him) of Xu Zhiyong. It's the kind of event that normally calls out for an adjective like "shameful," but that might imply that previous detentions of people like him were not.
My friend Jeffrey Prescott of Yale's China Law Center is quoted in the essay as saying, "He is someone of rare idealism, judgment, commitment to law, selfless dedication, and fundamental decency. So that makes his detention very hard to understand." I disagree with Jeff. All those things make his detention that much easier to understand.
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