Cao was detained last September after campaigning for public participation in a human rights review in China
- Authorities first detained Cao at Beijing airport on 14 September, as she was en route to Geneva to participate in a human rights training program. She was formally arrested one month later on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”.
- Beijing’s Chaoyang district detention centre, where she was held, had refused to give her medical treatment for months, causing her condition to deteriorate.
- Cao’s condition began to deteriorate late last month – doctors said her kidneys were failing and she had only a few days left to live.
- "The hospital is not willing to let the lawyer and the family look at the body," her lawyer Liu Weiguo told Reuters.