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Well-wishers Detained Outside Hu Jia’s Beijing Home (2008.01.23)

HONG KONG–Chinese well-wishers and bloggers were detained and questioned by police standing guard outside the home of detained AIDS activist Hu Jia, reporting their experience later online.

Dozens of petitioners went to Hu Jia’s home in an eastern suburb of Beijing on Sunday, in a bid to bring baby formula to Hu’s wife Zeng Jinyan. Zeng has been held with her baby daughter under house arrest since Hu’s arrest Dec. 27 for “subverting state power.” Their internet and phone connections have been cut off.

Some of the well-wishers were taken to the Dispersion Center for petitioners from out of town, suggesting they travelled from elsewhere in China to help Zeng.

One netizen, identified online as “Little Hammer,” said he had tried to deliver baby formula to Zeng but police blocked his way, questioning him for several hours.

“How precious freedom is! But Hu Jia sacrificed his own freedom for all of us,” “Little Hammer” wrote.

Several other people reported in blog posts and forum messages that they also tried to visit Zeng, or bring milk powder to her, but apparently none succeeded.

Hu Jia and his wife, Zeng Jinyan, January 2007. Photo courtesy of Hu Jia.

Instead, Zeng barred police from entering her apartment Sunday, saying it was illegal to hold her and her baby under house arrest.

According to Hu’s friend, legal scholar Teng Biao, the police replied: “You are not innocent. You were involved in many of the things that Hu Jia did.”

Teng said the police appeared to be threatening Zeng also with detention, talking within earshot about allowing her home from detention to feed her baby.

Note to wife

Zeng Jinyan, herself an AIDS activist who won an award from Paris-based Reporters Without Borders alongside Hu Jia last year, was also shown a photocopy of a note written to her from Hu.

She was not allowed to keep the note, which expressed concern about his wife and daughter. But she was told Zeng was being taken care of in prison, with his own bathroom and special vegetarian meals.

Teng called on the authorities to allow a lawyer to visit Hu, who suffers from cirrhosis of the liver, as soon as possible, as police were refusing to take prescription drugs sent to Hu by his family.

Hu’s lawyer submitted an application for parole last week but has not yet received any response from the authorities, Teng added.

“The outside world is greatly concerned about his health, and so the police tell us his condition is normal. But the most important thing is for a lawyer to be allowed in to visit him, so we can know the real situation,” he told RFA’s Mandarin service.

Meanwhile, the wives of two other imprisoned dissidents expressed their support for Zeng.

Open letter

The authorities should release all jailed dissidents before the Olympics, but instead they are detaining more. This is completely against the Olympic spirit.

Jia Jianying, wife of jailed dissident He Depu

Yuan Weijing, wife of the blind Shandong activist Chen Guangcheng, herself currently under house arrest, published an open letter to the Chinese leadership Monday calling for the immediate release of Hu Jia.

“I worry about Hu Jia’s health as well as his wife’s situation,” she wrote. “What Hu Jia did was just telling the world what is happening in China, such as the story of lawyer Gao Zhisheng, Chen Guangcheng, Guo Feixiong, and those people.”

“The Chinese media cannot report these stories in a timely manner. I really cannot understand why Hu Jia was charged with ‘inciting subversion by just doing what Chinese media couldn’t do,’” Yuan Weijing told RFA’s Mandarin service.

Jia Jianying, wife of jailed dissident He Depu, called on Chinese leaders to release political prisoners ahead of this year’s Summer Olympics in Beijing.

“The authorities should release all jailed dissidents before the Olympics, but instead they are detaining more. This is completely against the Olympic spirit,” Jia said.

Video taken by the couple in recent months shows a team of national security police camped outside the couple’s apartment round the clock. Police are turning away any journalists who try to visit Zeng, but she was briefly captured by a UK television crew peering from the window, her baby in her arms.

Teng said the charges of incitement to overthrow state power against Hu were unfounded. He said Hu Jia wasn’t against the Olympics, but rather that he had called publicly for an improvement to Chinese society as a result of the Olympics.

Prominent AIDS activist Wan Yanhai was also taken in by police for questioning on the day of Hu’s arrest, Dec. 27. And Gao Yaojie, a well-known AIDS doctor, says that the day Hu Jia was detained she received a “mysterious phone call” from a stranger inviting her to attend an AIDS seminar. Upon verification she learned that there was no such seminar.

The 80-year-old doctor says she believes that it was a trick to lure her out of her house. She says her phone line is being tapped, her e-mail has been blocked, and her family has been harassed and even threatened.



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(Link the aids situation in China, human rights situation in China and the book: A China More Just)

Chinese AIDS Activist Defies Police (2007.04.05 )

HONG KONG—In a single year, Chinese AIDS activist Hu Jia was abducted by Chinese security police, survived a 30-day hunger strike, and spent more than 200 days under house arrest.

Hu, 34, also suffers from hepatitis-related ailments.

It would be hard to say that he’s having fun. But Hu has a wry sense of humor uncommon among dissidents. His eyes twinkle.

“Having so many policemen follow me around makes me feel really important,” Hu says with a smile.

His activism on AIDS issues may be only one reason for the police surveillance. He’s also been strongly supporting other dissidents, acting as an intermediary between them and the media.

When the police jail dissidents, he visits their relatives to show his support. Hu is close to human rights lawyers who use China’s own laws to challenge local officials and the police.

“We must use the law as a weapon,” he says.

We must use the law as a weapon.

Hu Jia

Support for blind activist

Hu’s house arrest appears to be linked to his support for a well-known blind activist and self-made lawyer, Chen Guangcheng.

Chen was given a jail sentence of four years and three months in August, 2006. The sentence was upheld in January 2007.

Several police officers were stationed at all times outside Hu Jia’s apartment on the outskirts of Beijing. They worked in shifts, 24 hours a day.

What seemed to bother Hu most about the surveillance was that the police followed his wife, Zeng Jinyan, wherever she went.

When she went to work, or even on a shopping trip, police officers walked behind her, sometimes blocking her way. When she drove off in her car, one or two police cars trailed her.

At one point, Zeng Jinyan held up a sign in front of one of the police cars. It said, “Shame on you for bullying a woman!”

She also sometimes wore a T-shirt with similar words on the back of the shirt.

But without explanation, the government lifted police surveillance in February and allowed Hu to make a trip to Hong Kong. The police watch had lasted 214 days.

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Last time, Hu Jia kidnapped by policeman—-Jinyan’s seeking



21 March 2006


Hu Jia was born in Beijing on 25 July 1973. His registered name on Hukou is 胡嘉, although the alias胡佳 is more commonly used. His family originated from Wuhu, Anhui Province, and was labeled as “rightist” in Mao’s era. Both his parents are 70.

As a devout Buddhist, Hu Jia has been a vegetarian since 1989.

Hu Jia became an environmental activist in 1996, first participating in the anti-desertification campaigns in Engebei Dessert (Inner Mongolia). He then worked as a coordinator for University Green Camps to advocate public awareness of environmental protection and established websites dedicated to the cause. He had traveled to the Tibetan Plateau in an effort to protect Tibetan antelopes. A seasoned member of Friends of Nature, the largest environmental organization in China, Hu Jia had also stationed as representative for Friend of the Earth (HK) in Beijing.

Hu Jia has been an AIDS activist since 2001. He is co-founder of Beijing Aizhixing Institute of Health Education and Loving Source, a grassroots organization dedicated to help children from AIDS families. He traveled extensively in AIDS-stricken villages and campaigned for better protection of the rights for people with HIV/AIDS.

For the last three years, his attention focuses on socially under-privileged groups who suffer injustice and ill treatment. He never hesitates in helping those in need of it and he dares to speak out the truth.


Since 2004, Hu Jia has been routinely subject to arbitrary detention by the State Security Police (SSP) of Chaoyang and Tongzhou Districts. Full details are not presented here for lack of complete records. Below are the cases of abuse of basic human rights against Hu Jia in 2006, as documented by his wife:

1. 9 – 22 January 2006: Tongzhou District SSP put Hu Jia under house arrest and surveillance without producing any legal warrant. Hu Jia was not allowed to leave home. To travel for emergent reasons, he must obtain permission from and be accompanied by SSP agents.

2. 9 February 2006: Tongzhou District SSP put Hu Jia under house arrest without producing any legal warrant. He was not allowed to leave home.

3. 11 – 16 February 2006: Tongzhou District SSP put Hu Jia under house arrest and surveillance without producing any legal warrant. Hu Jia was not allowed to leave home. To travel for emergent reasons, he must obtain permission from and be accompanied by SSP agents.

4. Since 16 February 2006: Hu Jia disappeared while under tight residential surveillance by the Tongzhou District SSP. His whereabouts are unclear and his family received no legal warrant or unofficial notification from the authorities.

9 A.M. 16 February 2006: Upon leaving for work, Hu Jia’s wife was greeted by SSP agent Yang Chuntao, who was in charge of the surveillance. He claimed that if his superiors granted permission, he would travel with Hu Jia to an AIDS meeting, to be held near the West 4th-Ring Road. Without such permission, Hu Jia must be subject to house arrest and stay at home.

9:10 A.M. Hu Jia and his mother had a brief telephone conversation.

9:46 A.M. Hu Jia’s wife failed to get in touch with him on the telephone. Subsequent contacts with his neighbours, landlord and the AIDS organization revealed no clue of his whereabouts. Hu Jia’s wife inquired with the SSP over the telephone but both agent Yang Chuntao and chief agent Xu denied any knowledge of Hu Jia’s whereabouts. The SSP team (6-10 of them) outside their apartment left without notice.

There was no sign of fighting when Hu Jia went missing. He left without taking his daily necessities, medication or clothing.

On February 21, 2006, Hu Jia’s family reported Hu Jia’s disappearance to the Liu police station and Tongzhou Zhongcang police station in person. Liu police station didn’t accept the report.

On February 23, 2006, the Internal Safeguard police Yang Chuntao and other policemen called Hu Jia’s neighbor to ask about Hu Jia’s wife’s situation (according to the neighbor, they asked about her health condition or if Hu Jia’s wife’s health was in danger at that time.)

On February 27, 2006, Hu Jia’s family brought the medicine for curing Hepatitis B, which Hu Jia needs to take everyday, as well as a change of clothes to the Tongzhou Public Security Branch. The Internal Safeguard Detachment police officer, Wang (A plainclothes policeman) received us. He didn’t accept the clothes or medicine, and denied they took Hu Jia.

On March 2, 2006, Hu Jia’s family went to the Zhongcang police station and asked about the status of searching for Hu Jia. The police answered: they would inform the family if they have any information. However, since Hu Jia’s disappearance until now, the police station has never requested any statement from the family, nor has taken any action towards looking for him.

On March 2, 2006, Hu Jia’s family went to the Tongzhou Public Security’s Appeal Office, filled in an appeal form to ask the Internal Safeguard police Yang Chuntao as well as others to explain what happened on the morning of Feb.16th; asked the Chuncang police station to placed the case on file for searching for the missing person, Hu Jia; asked the Internal Safeguard Detachment free Hu Jia unless they showed the law file to prove that Hu Jia committed any crimes and showed the law document for detaining Hu JIa. Until March 19, 2006, the Appeal Office hasn’t given any reply.

On march 9, 2006, Hu Jia’s family visited Beijing Security Office. The petitions office received his family. They asked them to fill a petition form. Hu’s family requested via the form/s the following: Yang Chuntao (the national security office), to explain what took place the morning of February 16, the status of missing person request to Zhongcang police office , and asked national security office to release Hu Jia unless they can prove that Hu has committed crimes and show them legal detention document. But until March 19, 2006, the petitions office still has not responded to them.

On March 11, 2006, Hu Jia’s credit card was sent to property office by a stranger.

On March 17, 2006, Hu’s family submitted an accusation document to People’s Procuratorate in Tongzhou District. They accused the security office’s illegal detention and the police office’s misconduct. The officers of the procuratorate asked Hu’s family to solve the problem in the security office. They haven’t given any written reply since then.

Hu’s family has called the National Security Office almost every day, but they haven’t received any reply.

The Hu family’s wishes

Since Hu’s health is not well, his family is deeply worried about him. . His family thinks that the longer Hu is missing, the more dangerous it is. They are especially anxious that Hu might be tortured as he received several times last year. He was beaten on the face with fists six times by plainclothes police of National Security Office, which caused serious injuries on his face. So his family wish Hu can return home soon

We wish:

1.Beijing police station and National Security Team of Public Security Office of Tongzhou District can explain the event happened on the morning of February 16, 2006 in detail.

2. The police station and security office have a case record a of missing people to look for Hu Jia. The security office is responsible and obligated for citizens’ safety. They are responsible for missing personss because it is a case of a normal adult’s unusual missing.

3. Immediately release Hu Jia, whether he was taken away by the National Security Team of Public Security Office of Tongzhou District, Beijing City, or by other departments with their assistance.

4. Unless the police have evidence to prove Hu commited crimes and show legal documents, they cannot legally stake Hu away and detain him.

5. National Judicial Department has to investigate the illegal conducts of related departmenst and people in charge, for example, having no response and illegal detention.

6.If the above wishes are not responded at once by China’s related department, the Hu family’s only option is to take the case to court.