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US 'deeply disturbed' by Chinese dissident's death

Published on Mar 16, 2014 1:19 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. The United States is "deeply disturbed" by reports of the death of prominent Chinese human rights activist Cao Shunli, detained in September for staging sit-ins at the country's foreign ministry, the State Department said on Saturday, March 16, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The United States is "deeply disturbed" by reports of the death of prominent Chinese human rights activist Cao Shunli, detained in September for staging sit-ins at the country's foreign ministry, the State Department said on Saturday.

The news of her death came on Friday, soon after the start of a session in Geneva of the UN Human Rights Council, a body to which China was elected amid controversy last November.

"The United States is deeply disturbed by reports that rights activist Cao Shunli has passed away at a hospital in Beijing. We offer our condolences to her family," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.

Ms Cao staged a two-month sit-in along with other activists outside the Foreign Ministry, beginning in June, to press for the public to contribute to a national human rights report.

 
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