Reprimand China for Denying Activist Medical Help


Target: Xi Jinping, President of China

Goal: Urge Chinese authorities to end practice of denying activists medical help

A detained human rights activist is dead after Chinese authorities repeatedly denied her life-saving medical attention. Cao Shunli, 52, suffered from serious health problems which included tuberculosis in both lungs, cirrhosis of the liver and uterine fibroids after being detained for trying to attend a human rights rally and training program. Condemn China for its heartless treatment of the activist and discourage this behavior in the future.

According to Amnesty International, pleas from Shunli’s family went ignored as the prolific activist deteriorated in a detention cell. Described as “a courageous woman who paid the ultimate price for the fight for human rights in China…,” Shunli’s preventable death is a reprehensible act that exposes the heartlessness of the Chinese government.

Unfortunately, Cao Shunli is not the first detained high-profile activist to be denied medical treatment. The wife of Nobel Peace Prize winner, Liu Xia, under illegal house arrest, suffered through a serious heart condition at the hands of Chinese authorities.

Accused of charges like ‘picking quarrels’ and ‘making trouble’, Chinese human rights activists are denied the right to express their beliefs and often fall victim to the vengefulness of Chinese rule. Cao Shunli, who violated no real law and should have never been detained in the first place, died for a nation whose government favors the systematic, cold and calculated deaths of peace pioneers.

No human rights supporter should endure such a death as Cao Shunli’s. In direct violation of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Chinese government, as Amnesty International’s Anu Kultalahti puts it, ‘have blood on their hands.’ Sign the petition to urge President Xi Jinping to stop denying detained activists the right to medical treatment.


Dear Xi Jinping,

The death of Chinese human rights activist Cao Shunli, needless to say, is shameful and deplorable. Judging from the Chinese authorities’ bloody past, Shunli will not be the last activist to die an unfortunate death. Because of this, you should be ashamed, as China has violated yet another round of human rights laws.

Detained unrightfully and left to rot in a detention cell, Cao Shunli violated no real law when she tried to travel to Geneva to attend a human rights rally and training program; nor was she wrong for assembling a peaceful sit-in protest outside of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In the midst of these human rights conflicts I urge you to listen to the people of China as they beg to be freed from rules that suffocates their progression, humanity and liberty. The laws of human rights are valid and deserve to be exercised.

No activist should ever be denied basic medical treatment. I urge you to end this unjustness and stop these systematic killings.


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