March 25, 2015

“If China is committed to advancing the rights of women, then it should be working to address the issues raised by these women’s rights activists – not silencing them.”

The Guardian China has rejected calls from Britain, the US ambassador to the UN and others to release five feminist activists detained just before International Women’s Day. by Tania Branigan

'Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for the country’s foreign ministry, said she had no specific details about the cases, but insisted: “No one has the right to ask China to release relevant persons, so we hope that relevant people will stop interfering in China’s judicial sovereignty in such a manner.”

'The women have been held for nearly three weeks on charges of disturbing public order. They had planned to distribute stickers calling for action against sexual harassment. Beijing police told Associated Press that they too had no information on the cases.

'In the UK, a Foreign Office spokesperson expressed deep concern about the detentions and said: “We are particularly concerned by reports that they have been denied due legal process, and at least one, Wu Rongrong, denied access to adequate medical care.

'“We urge China to release all those detained for exercising their rights to freedom of expression, in line with China’s constitution and international human rights commitments.”

'Wu has hepatitis B and spent the month before her arrest in hospital, but was reportedly denied medication for more than a week prior to her transfer to the detention centre’s medical facility. Her former lawyer Wang Fei said she was experiencing pain in the liver area and had blood in her phlegm.

'Before her transfer, she told Wang that she had been forced to sleep on a concrete floor and denied regular medication by authorities who said her condition did not require treatment.'

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