Press Release from Haemophilia Action UK…May 18th 2010 …sent to Press Association…
Today is World AIDS Vaccine Day. To mark the occasion there is an International Hu Jia Day of Action on May 18th to remember our friend who remains in a Chinese prison for defending the right to free speech and supporting those infected with HIV/AIDS/hepatitis in China. Hu Jia is serving a prison sentence of three and a half years for “inciting subversion of state authority” related to articles he wrote criticising the authorities. Zeng Jinyan his wife works with those infected with HIV/AIDS and she and their two year old daughter remain under close surveillance in Beijing.
Hu Jia was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and was awarded the Sakharov Prize 2008 for Freedom of Thought.
Friends of Hu Jia will be taking action today to show that he is not forgotten.
Carol Grayson said ” I am very concerned regarding the wellbeing of Hu Jia and am in close contact with his wife. I am aware that Hu Jia is not in good health as he himself is infected with hepatitis B. His family are very worried about him and have still not been given the results of medical tests undertaken in May 2009. I call upon the British government to contact the Chinese Embassy to ask for better treatment of Hu Jia. I will be doing so today myself and also ringing both the Prison and the Beijing Public Security Bureau. I am only too aware of the difficulties individuals and NGOs face working in China having been invited to participate in a conference on Blood Safety and Litigation against the State on World AIDS Day 2006 which was cancelled and my host Wan Yanhai arrested just before my arrival. Last week Wan left China fearing for his own safety and is now staying with a friend in Philadelphia.”
Hu Jia is shown in this film where his wife speaks about him being awarded the Sakharov Prize… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIv4WBhKR_o
Carol Grayson was awarded the Economic and Social Research Council Michael Young Prize 2009 and campaigns globally for haemophiliacs infected with HIV/AIDS/hepatitis through contaminated blood.
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