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2008-10-23 09:00:13

Chinese political activist Hu Jia won the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the parliament announced Thursday. "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," European Parliament President Hans-Gert Pottering said in a news release issued from Strasbourg, France. Hu, a prominent human rights activist and Chinese dissident, has spoken out on...

2008-08-06 09:00:16

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo [By John Duce] Beijing, Aug. 6 Kyodo - A series of small protests were held in Beijing on Wednesday as demonstrators attempted to evade the massive security operation in place for the Olympic Games. Four American and British activists belonging to Students for a Free Tibet, a New York-based advocacy group, were detained by Chinese authorities after unfurling "Free Tibet" banners, the group said on its website. The...

2008-07-20 03:00:35

By Leonard, Mark 'For years we couldn't wait for the Olympics to start. Now we can't wait for them to be over.' That is how a Chinese friend described the horrible limbo in Beijing as a control-freak state tries to anticipate and eliminate any possible challenges to its glorious coming-out party on the 8th of the 8th, 2008. It is clear to any visitor to the Chinese capital that while China hopes to clean up the medals tables, the sporting contest is at best a sideshow to the real Olympic...

2006-05-29 06:06:50

By Lindsay Beck BEIJING (Reuters) - Families of victims of the 1989 military crackdown on Tiananmen Square demonstrators have called on the government to reassess the incident and compensate victims, days ahead of the sensitive anniversary of the event. In an open letter released on Monday by the watchdog group Human Rights in China, the "Tiananmen Mothers" also called for a process of truth and reconciliation over the events of June 3-4, 1989, when troops and tanks suppressed weeks...

2006-03-22 08:05:00

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's top AIDS official said on Wednesday that he had no idea where a missing Chinese activist was, but said the government had a very good relationship with private groups involved in fighting the disease. Hu Jia, 32, went missing after going on a hunger strike with several others to protest what they said was the government's hiring of thugs to beat up a civil rights campaigner in the southern province of Guangdong in February. Hu has also been critical of the...

2006-03-21 08:30:00

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING -- The wife of a Chinese AIDS activist missing for over a month said on Tuesday she was no closer to discovering his whereabouts despite repeated requests to the police and state security apparatus for information. The 32-year-old Hu Jia went missing after going on a hunger strike with several others to protest what they said was the government's hiring of thugs to beat up civil rights campaigner Yang Maodong in the southern province of Guangdong in February. "I've...

2006-03-17 08:15:00

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese AIDS activists on Friday called for the release of fellow rights worker Hu Jia, who vanished a month ago, while his wife said she still had no idea where he was and was becoming increasingly worried. The 32-year-old Hu went missing after going on hunger strike with several others to protest what they said was the government's hiring of thugs to beat up a civil rights campaigner. His wife, Zeng Jinyan, told Reuters that she had been to the prosecutor's office to try...

2006-02-07 07:43:59

By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - China's crackdown on domestic non-governmental organizations has forced an AIDS activist to quit the group he set up after international funding dried up and some volunteers resigned in the face of intimidation. Hu Jia's activism set him on a collision course with the Communist Party, which has stepped up curbs on NGOs, the media, the Internet, lawyers, academics and civil rights campaigners to maintain its grip on power. Hu announced his...

2005-07-24 03:28:06

By Steve Keating MONTREAL (Reuters) - Olympic champion Hu Jia of China nailed his final dive to win the 10 meter platform title at the world championships on Saturday, giving a resurgent China their second gold medal in as many days. After leading through the first four dives, Hu appeared to give the gold away with a woeful fifth attempt which scored mostly 3.5s and 4.0s from the judges. But he rebounded with a dazzling dive on his final effort to score 9.0s across the board and finish...


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