Skip to content Skip to navigation

Cao Shunli’s Living Legacy: International and Domestic Responses

March 18, 2014

On March 14, 2014, Cao Shunli’s (曹顺利) family arrived at the 309 Military Hospital in Beijing to find that Cao had already died. Since she was transferred there from an emergency medical center on February 20, she had been on a ventilator and non-responsive. There have been growing concerns expressed by the domestic and international communities and calls for a full independent investigation into the circumstances leading to her tragic death.

In response, the Chinese government has claimed that Cao “received proactive, conscientious treatment, and her legal rights were protected.”

In life, Cao was a tireless advocate for building a just society in China. Beginning in 2008 until her enforced disappearance on September 14, 2013, Cao utilized Chinese laws and courts to press for civil society participation and greater government transparency.

The Beijing police formally arrested Cao in October 2013, charging her with “picking quarrels and provoking troubles” (寻衅滋事罪). In late October 2013, she indicated to her lawyer that she was not receiving adequate medical treatment for her various medical conditions. Despite several requests by her lawyer for her release on medical grounds, Cao was not transferred out of the detention center to an emergency medical center until February 20, 2014, when she was already in extremely critical condition. That day, she was transferred to the 309 Military Hospital, where she died less than a month later.

HRIC is developing online resources, including an ongoing compilation of international and domestic responses and actions by civil society, the United Nations, and governments.

Cao Shunli’s Living Legacy: International and Domestic Responses

 

Please continue to support these domestic Chinese and international efforts pressing for accountability and a full, independent investigation. Together, we can honor Cao Shunli’s living legacy and stand in solidarity with the human rights defenders in China.

Explore Topics

Access to Information Access to Justice Administrative Detention Arbitrary Detention Asset Transparency Bilateral Dialogue
Black Jail Book Review Business And Human Rights Censorship Children Chinese Law
Citizen Activism Citizen Journalists Citizen Participation Civil Society Communist Party Of China Consumer Safety
Corruption Counterterrorism Cultural Revolution Culture Matters Current and Political Events Cyber Security
Daily Challenges Democratic And Political Reform Demolition And Relocation  Dissidents Education Enforced Disappearance
Environment Ethnic Minorities EU-China Family Planning Farmers Freedom of Association
Freedom of Expression Freedom of Press Freedom of Religion Government Accountability Government regulation Government transparency
Heilongjiang Lawyers’ Detention Historical Anecdotes Hong Kong House Arrest Hukou Human Rights Council
Human rights updates Ideological Contest Illegal Search And Detention Inciting Subversion Of State Power Information Control  Information technology
Information, Communications, Technology (ICT) International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) International Human Rights International Relations International Window Internet
Internet Governance Judicial Reform June Fourth Kidnapping Labor Camps Labor Rights
Land, Property, Housing Lawyer's rights Lawyers Legal System Legal World Letters from the Mainland
Major Event (Environment, Food Safety, Accident, etc.) Mao Zedong Microblogs (Weibo) National People's Congress (NPC) New Citizens Movement Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
Olympics Online Activism Open Government Information Personal Story Police Brutality Political commentary
Political Prisoner Politics Prisoner Of Conscience Propaganda Protests And Petitions Public Appeal
Public Security Racial Discrimination Reeducation-Through-Labor Rights Defenders Rights Defense Rule Of Law
Special Topic State compensation State Secrets State Security Subversion Of State Power Surveillance
Technology Thoughts/Theories Tiananmen Mothers Tibet Torture Typical cases
United Nations Uyghurs, Uighurs Vulnerable Groups Women Youth Youth Perspective