Urgent Action Update: COVID-19 JOURNALIST STILL NEEDS MEDICAL ATTENTION (China: UA 170.20)March 3, 2022
Detained citizen journalist Zhang Zhan was able to speak to her mother through a 20-minute video call on January 28, 2022. During the call, Zhang Zhan mentioned that she had stopped the partial hunger strike so that the authorities won’t force-feed her anymore. While Zhang’s mother noticed that her health may have slightly improved, it is unclear whether Zhang Zhan has access to adequate medical care, including an assessment by a medical professional even after she fell critically ill for a few months in 2021. Chinese authorities must ensure that Zhang Zhan has access to adequate medical care, including a thorough medical check-up. Pending her release, she must also be allowed regular access to her family and a lawyer of her choice, and she must not be subjected to torture and other ill-treatment.