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Well-known Chinese dissident dies after being denied treatment while being detained

Published on Mar 14, 2014 8:04 PM
 
Friends of human right activist Cao Shunli stand in front of an intensive care unit where Cao is hospitalized as they are not allowed to go inside of the unit at a hospital in Beijing on March 1, 2014. Prominent Chinese human rights activist Cao Shunli, detained in September for staging sit-ins at the country's Foreign Ministry, has died, a fellow dissident and one of her lawyers said on Friday, March 14, 2014, after she was denied medical treatment in detention. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (Reuters) - Prominent Chinese human rights activist Cao Shunli, detained in September for staging sit-ins at the country's Foreign Ministry, has died, a fellow dissident and one of her lawyers said on Friday, after she was denied medical treatment in detention.

Ms Cao's death is likely to trigger an outcry from China's fledgling rights community and criticism from the West, which has expressed concern about her case.

The news comes soon after the start of a session in Geneva of the United Nations Human Rights Council, a body to which China was elected amid controversy last November.

"On Sept 14... she was perfectly fine and going to Europe for a trip. Now she's gone. Cao Shunli's wishes were never accomplished," dissident Hu Jia told Reuters. "When the weather gets warmer, we will stand outside the door of the Foreign Ministry, continue to petition and call for the supervision of the government's actions. We will remember this date."

 
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