EU defies Beijing warning to award dissident human rights prize
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.
This video shows the actual harrassment from police officers on Hu Jia: