Award for Hu Jia, Chinese democracy activist

I wrote back in April about Chinese human rights activist Hu Jia, jailed by the Chinese authorities, with his wife and baby daughter kept under house arrest. 

He has just been awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, Europe’s most prestigious human rights prize, by the European Parliament.  This has some synergy because, as the New York Times reports,

Last year, Mr. Hu testified via video link before a hearing of the European Parliament about China’s human rights situation. Weeks later, he was jailed and later sentenced to three and a half years in prison for subversion.

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