About them

Hu Jia is a activist and dissident in the People’s Republic of China. His work has focused on the Chinese democracy movement, Chinese environmentalist movement, and HIV/AIDS in China. In addition to being an auxiliary member of the team to save the endangered Tibetan antelope, Hu Jia has been involved with AIDS advocacy as the executive director of the Beijing Aizhixing Institute of Health Education and as one of the founders of the non-governmental organization Loving Source.

On December 27, 2007, Hu Jia was detained as part of crackdown on dissent during the West’s holiday season. Reporters Without Borders said that “The political police have taken advantage of the international community’s focus on Pakistan to arrest one of the foremost representatives of the peaceful struggle for free expression in China.” The decision to take him into custody was made after peasant leaders in several Chinese provinces issued a manifesto demanding broader land rights for peasants whose property had been confiscated for development.

Zeng Jinyan (Chinese: 曾金燕; born October 9, 1983), is a Chinese blogger and human rights activist. The wife of AIDS and environmental activist Hu Jia, Zeng became famous for a blog she had maintained throughout the disappearance of her husband, which was believed to be the working of China’s secret police.[1] Zeng was put under house arrest in August 2006 and the blog that details her life under constant surveillance and police harassment has been subsequently blocked in China.


The couple was placed under house arrest again, two months later on May 18 2007 for harming state security. [2] Zeng Jinyan is dubbed “Tiananmen 2.0.” and selected as TIME Magazine’s 100 People Who Shape Our World in 2007 as a hero and a pioneer.

Zeng Jinyan and Hu Jia made a 31-minute documentary, “Prisoners in Freedom City,” of their seven-month house arrest from August 2006 to March 2007.

Below is the first of the series of videos:


6 responses to “About them

  1. Great effort, thanks for this new blog! We’re here in Beijing and have been writing about both Hu Jia and Zeng Jinyan on our blog.

    Your blog is going to be a great source of information, and hopefully will help to raise public awareness and make it easier for journalists to find recent information.

    We’ll add this blog to our blogroll. Feel free to visit our blog & re-post.

    [As you probably know, wordpress is currently blocked in China. You may want to consider linking the blog to an independent URL.]

  2. I as a citizen of this world really appreciated and very thanks from bottom of my heart to all of these who are putting effort on this website. you know i got to know many thing that i was not aware of from this site thanks once again.

    I think now its time for us to fuck all these who are responsibility for this before 2008 Olympic and i was deeply moved by Mr Hu jia’s wife and his little girl.

  3. Hu Jia, Zeng Jinyan, the UK haemophilia/AIDS community are so proud of you, Wan Yanhai, Dr Gao Yaojie, David Lee and all my friends at Aizhixing for all your tremendous work and for inviting me to be part of that in 2006 in Beijing in our international efforts. I can’t wait to return to China and have put in bids for research and a documentary. I wish my husband was alive to learn that you have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He went on treatment strike back in 1998 refusing to take blood from paid donors in support of those infected with HIV/AIDS in China which got a lot of press coverage. Despite great pain he held out until his death from HIV/AIDS to draw attention to the immoral “blood for money” trade globally and we are all still campaigning for an international ban on paid donors. I am so proud of him too!

    Carol Grayson (Haemophilia Action UK)

  4. Pingback: Hu Jia: The Man the CCP is Scared of « The Human Rights Revolution Platform

  5. “Why did Beijing try to tell the Nobel Committee whom not to give this year’s Nobel Peace Price to?

    Here’s the official explanation…

    Hu Jia: The Man the CCP is Scared of


    Keep up the good work!

    Michael Holmes,
    The Human Rights Revolution Platform

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