China Dissident Wins Rights Prize

BBC reports on the awarding of the Sakharov Prize to Hu Jia and a video message from his wife, Zeng Jinyan, to the European Parliament:

Ms Zeng told the parliament Mr Hu had hoped to be China’s last prisoner of conscience but said that more dissidents had been arrested since his detention.

“The situation of freedom of opinion is still absolutely appalling and there is no reason for optimism,” she said.

Ms Zeng said she had been forbidden by prison guards to discuss the prize when she last visited her husband.


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