Last year on World AIDS Day, I chided the Cambodian government for evicting HIV/AIDS families from their homes. This year, I am not going to do that again. Instead, I’m going to spread the wealth by chiding the Chinese government for harassing activists “who protest against Chinese government policies on AIDS.”
Take Tian Xi, for example. A 23-year-old man who contracted HIV and hepatitis as a child from a blood transfusion, Tian was arrested in August. His crime, according to officials, is that he destroyed US$600 worth of office equipment. His real crime is that for years, he has protested against the lack of compensation to the thousands of people infected by HIV from contaminated blood transfusions.
Is it possible that politicians put making a personal profit ahead the health and well-being of the people who they are elected to serve? Not to sound jaded, but my answer is a resounding “yes!”
So on this World AIDS Day, I urge the Chinese government to look past the profits and actually do what it is supposed to do; help your citizens!