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Human Rights in China: Shanghai Authorities Restrict Freed Chinese Activist

Human Rights in China says a Chinese activist lawyer released from prison is being restricted from leaving his home.

Zheng Enchong was set free in early June after completing his three-year sentence for helping people evicted from their homes in Shanghai seek compensation. He had been charged with disclosing state secrets.

The New York-based Human Rights in China says since then, authorities in Shanghai have restricted Zheng's movements and have prevented him from seeking legal counsel. The group says authorities have also prevented him from receiving an identification card so he can get a job.

The alleged state secrets over which Zheng was charged involved materials about a real estate case between disgruntled residents and a Shanghai developer Zhou Zhengyi who was once one of China's richest men.