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EU defies Beijing warning to award dissident human rights prize

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Hu Jia, one of China’s best-known dissidents, was yesterday awarded an EU human rights prize, despite a warning from Beijing that selecting the political prisoner would damage relations.

His wife and supporters welcomed the news that MEPs had picked him for the Sakharov prize, worth €50,000 (£39,500) Previous recipients include Nelson Mandela and the East Timorese leader, Xanana Gusmao.

“Hu Jia is one of the real defenders of human rights in the People’s Republic of China,” said Hans-Gert Poettering, president of the European parliament.

Hu was sentenced to three and a half years in jail this spring on subversion charges, amid what human rights campaigners described as a coordinated crackdown on activists before the Olympics.

via EU defies Beijing warning to award dissident human rights prize // Current

This video shows the actual harrassment from police officers on Hu Jia:

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October 27, 2008 at 6:00 pm

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