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Human rights situation in China deteriorating: U.S. official.

WASHINGTON, July 25 Kyodo

A senior U.S. official on Wednesday lashed out at China over the continued detention of a number of human rights activists and others who are calling for reform in the country, saying, "The overall human rights situation in China continues to deteriorate."

In a press briefing on the two-day U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue through Tuesday, Michael Posner, assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor, also revealed that the United States raised concern about the detained nephew of Chen Guangchen, the blind human rights activist who fled to the United States in May.

"A number of his lawyers who the family have reached out to have tried to meet with him, tried to represent him actively, and been denied access," Posner said, adding the United States will continue to raise the concern.

During the talks in Washington, the U.S. side also urged China to release imprisoned lawyers and activists such as Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, the U.S. official said.
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Date:Jul 30, 2012
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