US 'deeply disappointed' by jailing of China activist

Chinese rights advocate Xu Zhiyong speaks during a meeting in Beijing in this file handout photo dated March 30, 2013. A Chinese court sentenced Xu, one of China's most prominent rights advocates, to four years in prison on January 26, 2014 after he campaigned for the rights of children from rural areas to be educated in cities and for officials to disclose their assets.

WASHINGTON - The United States said it was "deeply disappointed" by the jailing on Sunday of prominent Chinese legal activist Xu Zhiyong, who was sentenced to four years in prison for his role in anti-graft protests.

"We call on Chinese authorities to release Xu and other political prisoners immediately, cease restrictions on their freedom of movement, and guarantee them the protections and freedoms to which they are entitled under China's international human rights commitments," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.