European Parliament's Sakharov Prize awarded to Hu Jia

image001Chinese dissident Hu Jia should be in Strasbourg Wednesday to collect the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize. Instead he is in prison in China. Previous winners and Andrei Sakharov’s widow Elena Bonner will be there to honour his struggle.
Hu Jia is a prominent human rights activist and dissident in the People’s Republic of China. He has embraced a wide range of causes, including environmental issues, HIV/AIDS advocacy and a call for an official enquiry into the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. He has also acted as a coordinator of the “barefoot lawyers movement”.
Mr Pöttering said: “By awarding the Sakharov Prize to Hu Jia, the European Parliament firmly and resolutely acknowledges the daily struggle for freedom of all Chinese human rights defenders.”

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