Prominent Chinese human rights campaigner jailed

Xu Zhiyong has been jailed for four years. Credit: Reuters

A Chinese court sentenced one of China's most prominent human rights advocates to four years in prison after he campaigned for the rights of children from rural areas to be educated in cities and for officials to disclose their assets.

The Beijing No.1 Intermediate People's Court found Xu Zhiyong guilty of "gathering a crowd to disturb public order", the court said on its official microblog. Xu's trial began on Wednesday.