Hu Jia – silenced behind bars

Amnesty Int. Australia

Hu Jia, a renowned Chinese human rights’ activist, is serving three-and-a-half years’ in prison after giving interviews to overseas media and writing articles for the Internet.

In April this year, he was convicted of ‘inciting subversion of state power’. The 34-year-old, who started out as an AIDS activist seven years ago, has been repeatedly harassed and beaten by police because of his activities and outspokenness.

“Not counting one time in 2002, when Hu was detained by police while interviewing AIDS village inhabitants, he will have been under various forms of imprisonment for exactly four years on 3 April 2008,” said his wife Zeng Jinyan who herself remains under house arrest with couple’s baby daughter.[continues…]

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