US 'deeply disturbed' by Chinese dissident's death
Published on Mar 16, 2014 1:19 PM
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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