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Detained China activist dies after critical illness

BEIJING--A Chinese human rights activist died on Friday after falling critically ill in detention after police denied her medical treatment for months, her brother said.

"Her body was weak, she was sent to the hospital too late," Cao's brother Cao Yunli told AFP. "The police are responsible."

London-based rights group Amnesty International condemned Chinese authorities over the death of the 52-year-old, saying they had "blood on their hands."

She was set to travel to Switzerland to take part in a UN Human Rights Council review last September but police detained her at Beijing's international airport, her lawyer Wang Yu told AFP.

She became ill in November but police denied her access to medical treatment for more than three months, sending her to hospital only when when she fell unconscious after suffering organ failure in late February, Wang said.

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