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UN Responses to Cao Shunli's Death

Updated: September 17, 2014

  • United Nations Secretary General, “Cooperation with the United Nations, its representatives and mechanisms in the field of human rights” (This report on the problem of reprisals at the UN calls attention to the death of Cao Shunli), August 17, 2015 EN, CH
  • From Highlights of the Noon Briefing By Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman For Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, March 19:

    “In response to questions, the Spokesperson noted a statement by the High Commissioner for Human Rights on 14 March 2014 and expressed deep sadness at the news that Chinese human rights defender Ms. Cao Shunli died in hospital last Friday.

    He said that the Secretary-General shares the High Commissioner's deep concern that a human rights defender was detained in relation to her work and engagement with United Nations human rights mechanisms.”

  • Human Rights Special Procedures, March 18

    Deadly reprisals: UN experts deplore the events leading to the death of Chinese human rights defender Cao Shunli, and ask for full investigation (Chinese)

  • Ravina Shamdasani , Spokesperson of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, March 16:

    “We are deeply concerned that a human rights defender was detained in relation to her work and engagement with United Nations human rights mechanisms … . We urge a full review of the handling of her detention and treatment, and that her family be given every opportunity to seek redress.” Quoted in “Detained China Activist dies after critical illnesses,” Agence France Presse, March 16.

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