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Sister: Chinese activist may be seriously ill and needs care

The sister of a prominent imprisoned Chinese political activist said Friday she fears her brother is seriously ill and is urging the authorities to allow him access to better medical treatment, in what an international rights group said is the latest example of China routinely denying political prisoners adequate care.

Yang Maoping said her brother, Yang Maodong, looked pale and emaciated during a visit on April 26 and complained of having had blood in his stool for the past year.

Yang Maodong, 49, better known by his penname Guo Feixiong, is serving a six-year sentence in a southern Chinese prison after years of pushing for constitutional rule, media freedom and democracy...