February 22, 2011
AIDS activists and human rights organizations worldwide are calling for the immediate release of Tian Xi, a courageous Chinese AIDS activist sentenced to one year in prison last week.
To fight for Tian's release, Section 27, a leading health and human rights organization, is sending a letter to Chinese government officials. The letter will also go to the president of the UN General Assembly and leaders of UN and international organizations who can pressure China to free the 24-year-old activist.
Encourage your organization to sign on. To do so, contact Kate Paterson at Paterson@section27.org.za by Monday, February 28.
For years, Tian petitioned Chinese officials to compensate him and thousands of others infected with HIV through China's contaminated national blood supply. In August, police arrested him after he visited the hospital where he was infected, seeking to speak with the director.
Human rights organizations are calling for his release and for a national compensation plan for those infected during China's blood disaster.
Read the letter