#FreeChangsha3: Wrongfully Detained HIV/Viral Hepatitis Activists

Three Chinese lawyers and advocates, Cheng Yuan, Wu Gejianxiong, and Liu Yongze, who work on employment discrimination and disability justice for people living with HIV and viral hepatitis, have been wrongfully detained in Hunan, China since 22 July 2019. Since then, over 200 organizations and individuals have called on the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) to investigate the case and for the People’s Republic of China to adhere to its legal procedures and protect the rights of the Changsha 3 to due process and legal counsel.

UN member states committed to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015 to achieving “zero discrimination” against people living with HIV.

As chair of the UNAIDS PCB, China must not only uphold, but set a positive example to the world of promoting UN commitments to end HIV, end hepatitis and end discrimination.

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As chair of @UNAIDS board, China needs to show leadership to #EndAIDS #EliminateHCV, NOT jail #HIV #hepatitis activists working on defending healthcare & disability rights #DroptheCharges #NOHep #FreeChangsha3

3 #HIV #hepC activists have been wrongfully detained in #China. We urge China to #FreeChangsha3! Bring home our friends NOW!

We commend fearless advocacy of #FreeChangsha3 for winning landmark cases against #HIV #hepB discrimination in #China. China needs to lead the way to #EndAIDS & release our wrongfully detained friends #JusticeforAll #NOHep

Hashtags: #FreeChangsha3 #NOHep #EndAIDS

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@williamyang120 (DW East Asia)
@michael_leh (German Asia Reporter)
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