China court convicted tainted milk scandal activist

On November 10, 2010, the Daxing District People's Court of China convicted Zhao Lianhai of disturbing the social order in connection with his establishment of a web site and support group for parents whose children were sickened or killed by melamine-tainted milk in 2008. The court sentenced him to two years in prison. Amnesty International (AI) denounced his arrest and expressed concern that Lianhai was in danger of torture. The Chinese government attempted to resolve the fallout from the tainted milk scandal by arresting and even executing those responsible for promulgating the milk, but the Hebei Supreme Court denied a class action lawsuit filed by families of children killed or injured by the contamination in December 2008.

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