A prominent Chinese democracy activist, who was jailed in 2015 during a Communist party attack on dissent, has entered the second week of a hunger strike, according to his sister. Guo Feixiong, 49, was sentenced to six years behind bars in November 2015 for taking part in a protest against censorship outside the newsroom of a liberal newspaper in southern China. Relatives and supporters of the activist, whose real name is Yang Maodong, say his health has deteriorated dramatically in recent months and accuse officials at Guangdong’s Yangchun prison of denying him adequate medical treatment. Guo Feixiong, Chinese press freedom activist, jailed for six years over censorship protests Guo launched his hunger strike on May 9, demanding better treatment as well as political change in China. Guo’s sister Yang Maoping confirmed on Monday morning that he was still refusing to eat. “It makes my heart ache,” she said of his increasingly poor physical condition. In an open letter to President Xi Jinping, the veteran activist’s wife, Zhang Qing, wrote: “Guo Feixiong’s indefinite hunger strike in prison is in response to the deliberately degrading way he has been treated by the authorities. “No one has the right to persecute Guo Feixiong to death and the perpetrators of these evils must be stopped,” Zhang wrote, according to a translation by the human rights group China Change. “The brazenly unlawful behaviour of the domestic security and prison authorities in Guangdong makes a mockery of the Chinese authorities’ claim to ‘govern the country according to the law’,” the activist’s wife added. ‘Police officers inflict sexual torture on inmates in Guangzhou’, jailed activist claims Human Rights Watch’s China director, Sophie Richardson, said earlier this month that China’s “cruel and inhuman treatment” of prisoners had become a worrying trend. “Chinese officials are earning an ugly reputation over their willingness to let political prisoners get terribly sick – and even die – in detention,” Richardson said. The human rights activist Cao Shunli died two years ago after she was allegedly denied medical treatment by the authorities.