Human Rights group demands China release health official who leaked AIDS “secrets”

It is good to see that the story I brought up below is gaining worldwide attention. The latest word, from Newsday:

A human rights organization demanded Tuesday that China release a health official reportedly convicted of circulating a restricted government report on a blood-selling scandal that spread AIDS in a central Chinese province.

It was at least the second such legal action involving the same government report.

Human Rights Watch said Ma Shiwen should be freed immediately and not be punished for distributing the report, which it said blamed national authorities for the spread of human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, in the central Chinese province of Henan. The report apparently was given to Chinese AIDS activists.

“The Chinese government is targeting honest health officials, but it has done little to address the humanitarian catastrophe in Henan,” said Brad Adams, executive director of the Asia Division of the New York-based rights group

China has a great opportunity to show that it learned a big lesson from SARS. I am going to give them the benefit of the doubt, at least for a little while.

The Discussion: 4 Comments

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October 7, 2003 @ 5:31 am | Comment

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October 7, 2003 @ 5:53 am | Comment

You’re going to “give them the benefit of the doubt”? Why?

October 7, 2003 @ 8:23 am | Comment

Good question Conrad. In retrospect, I think I was trying to calm down some appeaers who have been sending me emails lately about my being too harsh on the CCP, to show them I’m willing to listen and learn. But you’re quite right — why give those who would commit an atrocity like this the benefit of the doubt, ever? I’ll try not to be so nice in the future.

October 7, 2003 @ 8:35 am | Comment

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