Detained Swedish activist Peter Dahlin appears on China TV

    Detained Swedish activist Peter Dahlin appears on China TV

    Jan 20, Beijing: Swedish rights activist Peter Dahlin who was detained in China since January 4 appeared on Chinese state television. He was detained accusing of breaking the law through his group's activities.

    Dahlin has been held amid a crackdown on human rights lawyers and activists.

    State media reported that his organisation had received foreign funding to "instigate confrontations" and gather information to produce "distorted" reports.

    The rights group has condemned and denied the government's allegations.

    Chinese Urgent Action Working Group (China Action) called the report "absurd" and said the confession appeared to be forced.

    China Action, founded by Dahlin, provides direct legal aid to people alleging human rights violations, and assistance to uncertified lawyers to provide legal aid in rural areas.

    State media broadcast Dahlin's statement in a TV report on Tuesday night, which included the apparent confessions of two Chinese members of the group.

    The Xinhua news agency also published a report online saying police had broken up an "illegal organization jeopardizing China's national security".

    The Oslo Times


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