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    CHINA Hu Jia (m), aged 34 Zeng Jinyan (f), aged 24, his wife Beijing-based human rights activist Hu Jia was formally charged with inciting subversion on
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      CHINA Hu Jia (m), aged 34
      Zeng Jinyan (f), aged 24, his wife

      Beijing-based human rights activist Hu Jia was formally charged
      with "inciting subversion" on 28 January. He continues to be denied
      access to his lawyer, members of his family and medical treatment,
      including necessary daily medication for liver disease resulting
      from Hepatitis B infection. Hu Jia's wife, Zeng Jinyan, is still
      under house arrest with their newborn baby. She is not permitted to
      leave their home, and her telephone line and internet connection
      have been cut.

      Hu Jia's family was formally told of the charges by the Beijing
      Municipal Public Security Bureau (PSB) on 29 January. He is held at
      the Municipal PSB Detention Center in Dougezhuang, Chaoyang
      district, Beijing. His lawyer, Li Jingsong, who is also being held
      under tight police surveillance, reportedly submitted an application
      for bail for Hu Jia on medical grounds in mid-January, but this was
      formally rejected by the police at the end of the month.

      Hu Jia's formal detention, after being held for months under house
      arrest, appears to be an attempt to prevent him from continuing with
      his peaceful human rights activities and to silence his public
      criticism of China's human rights record ahead of the Beijing
      Olympic Games, due to be held in August 2008. It also sends a
      message to other Chinese activists not to engage in similar
      activities.

      Prior to his formal detention, Hu Jia had publicly expressed
      concerns over human rights abuses by police in Beijing, including
      the arrest of activists without the necessary legal procedures. This
      included the case of land rights activist, Yang Chunlin, who is also
      detained on subversion charges (see UA 240/07, 07 September 2007,
      and follow-up). Politically-motivated subversion charges continue to
      be used to silence and imprison rights activists in China, including
      those like Hu Jia, who have been openly critical of China's human
      rights record.

      In November 2007, Hu Jia participated via webcam in a European Union
      parliamentary hearing in Brussels in which he stated that China had
      failed to fulfill its promises to improve human rights in the run-up
      to the Olympics.


      RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send appeals to arrive as quickly as
      possible:
      - expressing deep concern that Hu Jia has been detained solely for
      engaging in peaceful and legitimate human rights activities and in
      violation of his fundamental human rights to freedom of expression,
      and calling for his immediate and unconditional release;
      - pending his release, urging the authorities to give Hu Jia
      immediate access to his lawyer, members of his family and any
      medical treatment he may require;
      - urging the authorities to stop police surveillance and harassment
      of Zeng Jinyan and allow her to contact the outside world in line
      with her fundamental human rights to freedom of movement, expression
      and association.
      - calling on the authorities to provide immediate guarantees for the
      safety of Hu Jia and Zeng Jinyan and that they will not be subjected
      to beatings or other forms of torture or ill-treatment;
      - expressing deep concern that detention without trial of human
      rights activists runs counter to promises made by numerous Chinese
      officials that human rights would improve in the run-up to the
      Beijing Olympics of August 2008.


      APPEALS TO:
      Prime Minister of the People's Republic of China
      WEN Jiabao Guojia Zongli
      The State Council General Office
      2 Fuyoujie
      Xichengqu
      Beijingshi 100017
      People's Republic of China
      Fax: 011 86 10 65961109 (c/o Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
      Salutation: Your Excellency

      Minister of Justice of the People's Republic of China
      WU Aiying Buzhang
      Sifabu
      10 Chaoyangmen Nandajie
      Chaoyangqu
      Beijingshi 100020
      People's Republic of China
      Fax: 011 86 10 65292345
      Email: minister@...
      or pfmaster@...
      Salutation: Dear Minister

      Minister of Public Security of the People's Republic of China
      MENG Jianzhu Buzhang
      Gong'anbu
      14 Dongchang'anjie
      Dongchengqu
      Beijingshi 100741
      People's Republic of China
      Fax: 011 86 10 63099216 (it may be difficult to get through, please
      keep trying)
      Salutation: Your Excellency

      COPIES TO:
      Director of the Beijing Public Security Bureau
      MA Zhenchuan Juzhang
      Beijingshi Gong'anju
      9 Qianmen Dongdajie
      Dongchengqu
      Beijingshi 100740
      People's Republic of China
      Fax: 011 86 10 85222320
      Email: wbjc?sohu.com
      Salutation: Dear Director

      Ambassador Wen Zhong Zhou
      Embassy of the People's Republic of China
      2300 Connecticut Ave. NW
      Washington DC 20008
      Fax: 1 202 745 7473
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