Cao died after making claims of torture and detention. The world must remember her spirit in facing up to Beijing
Five years ago today, Chinese activist Cao Shunli died in a Beijing hospital surrounded by police.
Her ordeal began in September 2013, when she tried to fly to Geneva to attend a session of the UN human rights council (UNHRC). Cao had submitted information on extralegal detention and torture in China to the UN and expressed the hope that if she could get even “50 or 100 words” into a UN report, “many of our problems could start to get addressed”.
Frances Eve is the deputy director of research at Chinese Human Rights Defenders