Chinese Authorities Raid HIV & Gender Equality Centre

The usual read and weep motif

New York Times reports….

BEIJING — Chinese security agents raided the offices of a leading human rights organization, according to its employees, the latest sign of the authorities’ mounting hostility toward nongovernmental groups, especially those that receive foreign funding or promote civic activism.

Employees say about two dozen police officers on Tuesday raided the Beijing Yirenping Center, which champions gender equality and employs litigation to fight discrimination against people with H.I.V., hepatitis and physical disabilities. Lu Jun, a founder of the group, said the raid was probably related to the group’s efforts to publicize the recent detentions of five female activists that have prompted international criticism.


Here are some other reports as well if you’d like to be depressed further

IOC Sports Director Christophe Dubi said he had “read about” the raid on Yirenping, a charity which works with AIDS patients and other marginalised groups in China.

In Washington, State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said the U.S. was concerned about the raid on the Yirenping Center today.