- Human Rights Watch
- Locked Doors: The Human Rights of People Living With HIV/AIDS in China
- Human Rights Watch, © August 2003, 95 pp
Vol. 15, No. 7C
Reproduced with the kind permission of Human Rights Watch.
"'Locked Doors' highlights the importance of protecting the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS and those at risk of contracting the disease in order to combat the epidemic. It draws on fieldwork in Yunnan province, Beijing, and Hong Kong, as well as archival research, to document human rights issues related to China’s HIV/AIDS epidemic. Rights abuses documented in this report include: the spread of HIV through unsafe state-run blood collection centers in the 1990s, the government’s failure to provide treatment or compensation to the overwhelming majority of those who acquired HIV directly or indirectly through those blood sales, and Beijing’s failure to prosecute responsible local officials, restrictions on freedom of expression, assembly, association and the right to information of those living with HIV/AIDS and persons seeking to help them; arbitrary detention of injection drug users; discrimination based on HIV status by state actors, including government hospitals, clinics and government employees; mandatory HIV testing in state facilities and violations of patient confidentiality; and lack of access to treatment and other issues in China’s under-funded and problem-ridden health care system."