Thursday, December 18, 2008

Sakharov prize for jailed Chinese dissident Hu Jia

Hu Jia jailed dissident received on Wednesday the Andrei Sakharov prize of the European Parliament. Hu Jia protested against the human rights abuses in China. Among the recipients of the prize they were also Nelson Mandela (1988) and Alexander Dubcek (1989).
In Beijing, president Hu Jintao praised the 30 years of reforms, in a ceremony held on the occasion of anniversary of the changes launched by Deng Xiaoping.

UPDATE: The visits to the awarded Chinese dissident have been curbed by Chinese authorities.

The European Parliament expressed its concern about the recent wave of arrests, by whom was included one of the initiators of the Charter 08 movement, Liu Xiaobo.

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