China broadcasts Swedish rights worker's confession, which observers call coerced

January 20, 2016 1:08 PM

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Chinese state television broadcast a “confession” by a detained Swedish human rights worker Tuesday night, punctuating a state media offensive accusing him of “endangering national security” by funding grass-roots lawyers and writing reports about the country’s human rights record.

Peter Dahlin, a 35-year-old Swedish citizen, appeared on the state broadcaster CCTV to apologize for financially backing Chinese nationals who went on to commit “very serious crimes.” Colleagues and outside observers said his comments appeared scripted and were likely made under duress.

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