Right to health
China: Liu Xiaobo dies at 61
July 14, 2017
On 13 July 2017, Liu Xiaobo, the renegade Chinese intellectual who kept vigil at Tiananmen Square in 1989 to protect protesters from encroaching soldiers, promoted a pro-democracy charter that brought him a lengthy prison sentence and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize while locked away, died under guard in a hospital.
On 30 June 2017, the condition of jailed political prisoner Liu Xiaobo, who was recently moved to a hospital in the northeastern city of Shenyang with terminal liver cancer, was rapidly worsening,
Rattana Thongngam, a member of the People’s Health Systems Movement (PHSM), told media that in the evening of 4 June, a plainclothes police officer visited her house in Surin province asking her when and how she would travel to Bangkok to join the protest.
On 25 July 2016, human rights activist Khine Myo Htun was arrested on July 25 in Sittwe on charges of sedition and incitement.
On 13 January 2017, the Sittwe Township Court in Arakan State’s capital, Myanmar, denied bail for the second time to him despite his bad health conditions.
On 18 March 2016, Liu Jie was handed a ten day administrative sentence on charges of “false accusation” in Heilongjiang Province, China. On 27 February 2016, Liu Jie and her husband were seized by officials from the Xunke Farm Reclamation Bureau and the Bei’an Land Reclamation Bureau in Heilongjiang Province, as they prepared to travel to Beijing for Ms. Jie to seek treatment at the Peking University Cancer Hospital, and to attend meetings. Allegedly, she did not have access to appropriate medical care during the course of her detention.
On 28 January 2016, Zhang Shuzhi was sentenced to four years imprisonment for “picking quarrels and provoking troubles”, after she campaigned for the release of various imprisoned Chinese human rights defenders in Beijing, China. Ms. Shuzhi is terminally ill with cancer and allegedly only has access to basic medication in detention.
Vietnam: human rights defender attacked by police
October 12, 2016
On 22 February 2016, human rights defender Mr Tran Minh Nhat was attacked by a police officer at his house in Lam Ha district, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam, and subsequently prevented by police from travelling to hospital to receive medical assistance. On the previous weeks, Tran Minh Nhat and his family members received various harassments and his house was attacked multiple times by unknown people.
Pakistan: attempted assassination and initial denial of medical treatment against a transgender activist
October 11, 2016
On 5 January 2016, the human rights defender and transgender activist Adnany was shot and critically injured by two persons on a motorcycle, in the city of Peshawar, Pakistan. Adnany was subsequently brought to Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, where she was initially denied treatment by several doctors due to her transgender identity.
China: miner detained because of compensation protests
August 13, 2016
On 2 August 2016, the Sichuan authorities sentenced Rao Zhongwen, a former miner with end-stage pneumoconiosis, to ten days in administrative detention for his role in a long-running campaign by a group of workers, who had contracted pneumoconiosis in the lead and zinc mines of Ganluo county, China, for occupational disease compensation.
On 12 August 2016, protesters in Vietnam’s Khanh Hoa Province were attacked by the police, and several were brought to the hospital with severe injures. Demonstrators were protesting against the construction of a solid waste processing factory close by their house: since the factory began operations in the area, many people have complained health problems, including cancer and skin rashes.