European Parliament: Special Ceremony to Honour Hu Jia

From the European Parliament 15-12-2008 – 17:29 :

Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought: 20th anniversary and 2008 winner Chinese political activist Hu Jia

This year’s Sakharov Prize ceremonies in Strasbourg have a dual character. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the award Parliament has invited a number of former winners of the Prize to Strasbourg. However, the winner of the Prize for 2008, Chinese dissident Hu Jia, will be unable to receive his award as he is imprisoned in China. Instead, a special ceremony will be held in Parliament’s Plenary Chamber in his honour.

UPDATE ONE: Zeng Jinyan reminds everyone in her 15 December blogpost that the award ceremony will be broadcast live at Europe/Paris time 12.00noon on Wednesday 17 December 2008.  It would be 7.00pm Beijing time or GMT 11.00am on the same day.  You can follow this link to view the broadcast.

UPDATE TWO: Zeng Jinyan wrote on 17 December that she had been invited for tea again by the State Security.  This time she was interrogated about her signature on Charter 08.  The State Security also informed her of a decision to continue to block visitors from the European Parliament.  A full translation of Ms Zeng’s blogpost can be found at Justrecently’s Beautiful Blog.

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