Stephanie Hoo: U.S. human rights group calls on China to stop harassing AIDS activists

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Human Rights Watch says China should stop harassing AIDS activists. The group warned that Beijing’s heavy-handed methods of controlling information about the disease could hinder efforts to stop its spread.

“In a 57-page report, Human Rights Watch called on China to remove restrictions on private groups that work with AIDS patients and at-risk groups.

“Grass-roots organizations have direct experience that could greatly strengthen the country’s fight against AIDS,” Sara Davis, the group’s China researcher, said in a statement.

“But in a number of regions, they face harassment, censorship and even beatings because the Chinese government is suspicious of any activity outside its direct control,” she said.

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