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UN experts condemn death of Chinese dissident

Published on Mar 18, 2014 7:35 PM
 
Prominent Chinese human rights activist Cao Shunli stands in front of an emblem of the Chinese Communist Party during an interview in the central business district of Beijing on March 23, 2013. A group of UN rights experts on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, condemned the death in detention of a dissident Chinese activist, saying she was denied access to vitally-needed medical treatment for months. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

GENEVA (AFP) - A group of UN rights experts on Tuesday condemned the death in detention of a dissident Chinese activist, saying she was denied access to vitally-needed medical treatment for months.

"The death of Ms Cao is a tragic example of the results of criminalisation of the activities of human defenders in China and reprisals against them," a group of UN rights experts said in a statement.

Cao Shunli, 52, died on Friday after being detained since last September and denied medical treatment for several months after she fell ill, her brother and lawyers acting on her behalf told AFP.

China's foreign ministry insisted on Monday that Cao's "lawful rights and interests have been protected in accordance with law," without providing further details.

 
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