The wife of Chinese human rights activist Guo Feixiong, Zhang Qing, began a hunger strike outside the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Tuesday.

Guo, whose real name is Yang Maodong but is better known by his pen name, is a prominent activist in China. He was sentenced to six years in prison in November 2015 for protesting against media censorship outside the offices of the liberal newspaper Southern Weekly in 2013. He has been on an indefinite hunger strike since May 9, demanding better treatment in jail and political change in China.

Activists outside headquarters. Photo: Su Yutong.

Zhang arrived in New York on Monday from Texas with her two children. She is taking part in a 24-hour relay hunger strike held outside the UN headquarters that began on May 20.

“What can I do if not fight to the end?” she asked, according to US-backed Radio Free Asia.

“Save Guo Feixiong NOW”. Photo: Su Yutong.

Other activists who participated in the hunger strike include China human rights lawyer Zhong Jinhua, who initiated the event.

Members from the Independent Federation of Chinese Students and Scholars and the China Democracy Party also participated in the strike.

Chantal Yuen

Chantal Yuen is a Hong Kong journalist interested in issues dealing with religion and immigration. She majored in German and minored in Middle Eastern studies at Princeton University.