#AceWorldNews says Reuters China will begin a long…

#AceWorldNews says (Reuters) – China will begin a long-awaited trial next week of a prominent anti-graft activist campaigning for officials to reveal their wealth, his lawyer said on Friday, on charges he broke the law by organizing demonstrations.

Xu Zhiyong, who has also pushed for greater civil rights, was formally arrested in August in a case that has exposed shortcomings in the government’s drive against deep-rooted #corruption.

His lawyer said the trial would open on Wednesday.

Western governments have sparred with Beijing over human rights and both the United States and European Union have expressed concern about Xu’s case.

Founder of the “New Citizens’ Movement”, Xu advocates working within the system to secure change. He had called on officials to disclose their assets and fellow activists have gone into the streets to urge citizens to fight corruption.

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