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Housing activist under attack
Ni Yulan, who was particularly active in the run-up to the 2008 Olympic Games, was released from prison in 2013 after serving two-and-a-half years behind bars on spurious charges. Since then she and her family have been evicted from their home or obstructed from renting alternative accommodation at least seven times.
Ni Yulan’s courage and determination earned her the Dutch government’s 2011 Human Rights Tulip award. In 2016, she won the International Women of Courage Award from the US Department of State, but was unable to accept the prize in person after the Chinese government imposed a travel ban.
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