A Chinese Human Rights Lawyer's Ordeal

Ni Yulan, 49, is a human rights lawyer who defended the rights of forcibly relocated families, but who has herself become a petitioner fighting for justice as well as a Beijing resident who has lost her home and health. Although she has become a symbol for human rights campaigners and a documentary has been made that features her, she has been so crippled by police beatings that she can no longer stand without crutches and is usually confined to a wheelchair. And, although her ordeal has been more horrific, it is what happens all too often to human rights lawyers in China.

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