Some Observations on the Conviction of Hu Jia

From Dui Hua Human Rights Journal:

The prominent Chinese rights activist Hu Jia (胡佳) was sentenced yesterday to 3-1/2 years imprisonment by the Beijing Number One Intermediate ’s Court. According to the Xinhua Agency’s official report on the conviction, “Hu published articles on overseas-run , made comments in interviews with media, and repeatedly instigated other people to subvert the state’s political and socialist system.”

Hu’s case can be examined from a number of angles—for example, whether ’s laws against “incitement” contravene the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights or whether punishing Hu is part of a larger effort to silence in advance of the Beijing Olympics. Here, though, we explore briefly two aspects of the way Hu Jia’s case was handled and try to place his case in a bit more context.

Read also Hu Jia, Tiananmen 2.0, and the SchizOlympics by Rebecca MacKinnon.

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