China bars AIDS activist from traveling despite talk of ending discrimination

By Simon Denyer, October 24, 2014

BEIJING — A Chinese AIDS activist said Thursday that she has been forced to cancel a trip to attend a U.N. conference on discrimination against women after authorities seized her passport.

On the face of it, the travel ban might seem puzzling. China’s first lady, Peng Liyuan, is a World Health Organization goodwill ambassador for HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, and she told a national conference on the subject in Beijing this week that she wants to promote efforts to end discrimination against those who have the disease and to ensure social justice.

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