HuJia’s award causes a backlash from China

Following the award of the Sakharov Prize to Hu JIa from the European Union a series of negative feedbacks have been recorded from china government. Below are some of the articles dealing with them;

Sakharov Prize to Hu Jia angers Beijing, makes activists happy
China’s government slams “award to a jailed criminal”. Human rights activists praise the choice as “a huge encouragement”, urging Beijing to recognise basic human rights “to become a great modern power.”

Beijing (AsiaNews/Agencies) – China reacted angrily to the European parliament’s decision to award the prestigious Sacharov Prize to Hu Jia, a distinguished fighter for human rights and freedom. Chinese human rights responded instead with enthusiasm at the announcement….China says EU human rights award winner a criminal…

BEIJING (AP) – China’s government reacted angrily Thursday to the European Parliament’s decision to give its top human rights prize to jailed Chinese dissident Hu Jia, with Beijing calling him a criminal and the award interference.

The harsh reaction to Hu’s winning the Sakharov Prize contrasted with the friendly atmosphere Beijing was trying to project as it welcomed leaders from the European Union and Asia for a summit to tackle the global economic crisis.

Adding to Beijing’s fury, the European Parliament bucked a Chinese pressure campaign against giving the award to Hu, an outspoken advocate on human rights, the environment and social fairness. Hu is in a Beijing jail serving a 3 1/2-year jail term for sedition. The charge stems from police accusations that he had planned to work with foreigners to disturb the Olympic Games in August.

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One response to “HuJia’s award causes a backlash from China

  1. This is the first time I have read Hu Jia’s blog. I think Hu Jia fully deserves the Sahkarov Award as a Human Rights campaign advocate. He and his wife derserve my full support and admiration.

    Dominic Lee
    UK

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