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Mother detained after Chinese vaccine protest

AFP  |  Beijing 

A Chinese health activist has been detained for more than a month, her husband said Wednesday, after she participated in a protest over faulty -- a re-occurring issue in

According to police documents posted online by Li Xin, his wife is under "criminal detention" at the Xinxiang detention centre in central province.

He, 33, who had said her daughter was diagnosed with a after receiving for hepatitis A, measles, and other illnesses, participated in a protest against faulty in in early March.

She was later detained by local police in province on March 5 and charged with "picking quarrels and provoking trouble" -- a broad offense that Chinese authorities often use to arrest activists.

She has not been released, said Li.

The drawn-out detention has "delayed the recovery" of their daughter, he told

"We hope the authorities can honour their word, release earlier, and let us continue to bring our child to the doctor," he said.

The local police in Huixian city did not immediately respond to AFP's request for comment.

is regularly hit by scandals involving sub-par or toxic food, drugs and other products, despite repeated promises by the government to address the problem.

Over the past year, compromised have become an incendiary topic infuriating parents whose children may be exposed to potentially unsafe injections.

In January, at least 145 children were administered expired vaccines in eastern -- less than a year after a major manufacturer of shots was found to have fabricated records.

The firm responsible for the vaccines, Changchun Changsheng company, was handed a fine and totalling USD 1.36 billion in October.

In February, China's corruption watchdog said it disciplined more than 80 officials linked to the vaccine scandal.

But the string of incidents has already rattled the confidence of many Chinese parents, some of whom, like He, have taken to or the streets to push for more robust regulation.

"The authorities should conduct investigations of any official wrongdoings, but not punish the victims," Patrick Poon, China at Amnesty International, told "There is no legitimate reason for the authorities to detain them while they just tried to seek redress for their cases," he said.

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First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 13:25 IST
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