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Detained Swedish rights activist admits violating Chinese laws



In what his organisation referred to as an “apparent forced confession” Peter Jasper Sahlin, a Swedish human rights advocate docked in China appeared on state television while admitting that he violated Chinese laws.

According to a Chinese state-run news agency, Xinhua, the Swedish rights advocate worked for an illegal organisation that sponsored activities that jeopardised China’s national security.

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“I have caused harm to the Chinese government. I have hurt the feelings of the Chinese people. I apologise sincerely for this. And I’m very sorry that this ever happened,” he said in an interview that aired on state broadcaster CCTV Tuesday evening.

According to information on Dahlin’s website, the Swede works for the Chinese Urgent Action Working Group, which “undertakes rapid response assistance for rights defenders in need” and provides legal aid and training across China.

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