China AIDS Group Says It Is Forced to Shut Down
November 15, 2010
A Chinese group focusing on rural AIDS and orphans shut down Thursday due to mounting pressure from the Beijing tax bureau, advocates said. Beijing Loving Source (BLS) was founded by jailed AIDS activist Hu Jia; its closure follows stepped-up government pressure against and harassment of other organizations dealing with controversial matters.
Earlier this year, AIDS activist Wan Yanhai fled to the United States after receiving numerous police threats. In March, the government decided to regulate overseas donations to private aid groups. Government leaders are struggling with rapidly increasing grass-roots groups, concerned they may evolve toward political activity during China's economic transition.
11.11.2010; Cara Anna
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