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Hu Jia, jailed for denouncing HIV / AIDS infected blood transfusions, maybe free in June
The Chinese Christian dissident is in prison since 2007. He was convicted of "inciting subversion of state power”, for revealing the spread of HIV / AIDS to thousands of peasants through infected blood transfusions. The European Parliament in 2008 pemio awarded him the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.
Shanghai (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Hu Jia, a Chinese dissident in prison for three years for exposing the scandal of infected blood, which has spread HIV / AIDS to thousands of Chinese peasants could be released in late June. According to a tweet posted by his wife, Zeng Jinyan, Hu may emerge from prison June 26.
The dissident 'was among the first to expose the scandal in Henan, the province in which to late nineties thousands of farmers have contracted AIDS through transfusions of infected blood. He has been in prison since April 2007 and in 2008 he was handed down a sentence of three and half years for "inciting subversion of state power." The alarm about his health has increased over the years. The latest was in January 2011. A request for release on medical grounds was rejected by the authorities. (01/21/2011 Fears for life of 2008 Sakharov Prize winner Hu Jia who is in prison in Beijing).
Hu, a Protestant Christian, has been held since the end of 2007, as well as for "inciting subversion of state power" he was also punished for having given interviews to foreign media and having published articles on the Internet in defence of human rights. Among these, some writings against the forced evictions of entire apartment blocks in Beijing to build grandiose Olympic projects. Since 1990 he has championed human rights and quickly became a symbol of the Chinese democratic dissidence. For his activities, the European Parliament in December 2008 awarded him the prestigious Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.
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