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Chinese rights lawyer, in exile in San Francisco: 'I was jailed before, and I know exactly what it was like'

Chinese rights lawyer, in exile in San Francisco: 'I was jailed before, and I know exactly what it was like'

Even as he began his life in exile in a cramped one-bedroom apartment with his wife and two children, Chinese human rights lawyer Chen Taihe was thankful that he is no longer losing any sleep.

“Before, I’d wake up in the middle of the night,” Chen said. “Now I sleep like a baby.”

The bouts of insomnia came after Chen and nearly 300 lawyers and their staff members were detained last summer during a mass roundup by the Chinese government.

In August, one of the lawyers and several activists were sentenced in China, and another was released after airing a confession in which she renounced her work representing clients with grievances...

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