Hu Jia wins European rights prize

From BBC Website:

One of China’s most prominent human rights activists, Hu Jia, has won the European Parliament’s prestigious Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.

Mr Hu, a democracy, environment and Aids activist, is serving a jail term for inciting subversion of state power.

The parliament’s president said Mr Hu was “one of the real defenders of human rights” in China, and that the award would support Chinese activists.

Beijing has criticised the award as an interference in its internal affairs.

European Parliament President Hans-Gert Poettering said that by awarding the prize to Mr Hu, the parliament “firmly and resolutely acknowledges the daily struggle for freedom of all Chinese human rights defenders”. [continues…]

Other links about the award:

The Guardian

NYTimes

European Parlament

International Herald Tribune

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