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China: Many Dissidents Remain In Jail

London, 18 November 1997 (RFE/RL) -- The human rights group Amnesty International yesterday expressed concern that a recently released Chinese dissident will be thrown into prison again if he tries to return to his native country.

In its statement about the release of Wei Jingsheng from a Chinese labor camp, Amnesty International also called attention to thousands of other Chinese political prisoners who remain imprisoned as "counter-revolutionaries" for what the group describes as nothing more than "peacefully exercising fundamental human rights."

Wei, an advocate of democratic reforms within China, has been listed in "fair but stable" condition at a hospital in the U.S. city of Detroit. Doctors said Wei is being treated for high blood pressure and is being examined for other unspecified medical conditions.

Wei has spent most of the last 18 years in prison. His release comes less than two weeks after Chinese leader Jiang Zemin's trip to the U.S., during which Beijing was criticized for abusing human rights.