Amnesty International UK
Chinese activist’s case to be highlighted at ‘Stand Up For Freedom’ comedy nights
Amnesty International is asking people in Scotland to send a birthday message of support for an imprisoned man in China who will be the focus of its campaigning at this year’s Edinburgh Festival.
Hu Jia, who will be 35 tomorrow (Friday 25 July), is a Chinese human rights activist jailed for three and half years in April after being convicted of ‘inciting subversion’. Hu’s offence had been to speak out about Chinese government failures over AIDS prevention.
Amnesty is extremely concerned at recent reports that Hu is suffering from a serious liver disease and may not be getting proper medical treatment. Relatives who have managed to visit him in a jail near Beijing also report that guards have appointed four other prisoners to monitor him and that he is undergoing forced ‘reform’, including being made to sing ‘reform songs’.[continues…]