Please endorse a letter concerning Hu Jia’s detainment. (see the letter far below)
The issue was discussed in the middle of March on ITPC listserv. – Chinese democracy and activist has been detained and is on trial with possible imprisonment.
Thank you all and please distribute this message widely to your contacts and other mailing lists.
Please email your signature (including name/surname, organisation( or individual) and country) to [email protected] org by next Tuesday 1, April 2008 at the latest.
The Honourable President of the People's Republic of China
Zhongnanhai, Xichengqu, Beijing City
People's Republic of China
We are individuals and organizations working on the front lines of the global fight as activists against the AIDS epidemic in different countries of the world.
We are writing to express our deep concern for our colleague, Hu Jia, who is also an activist. According to reliable reports, Hu Jia was charged on January 30th with "inciting state subversion". His wife, Zeng Jinyan, has also been prevented from leaving their home, along with their baby. We are writing to call for Hu Jia's release, as well as the release of his wife and child from house arrest.
The success of different countries in responding to is based largely on all the stake-holders, including government and civil society, working together. Therefore it is our considered view that civil society activists, however critical they are of the government, are necessary partners in the fight against .
Chinese authorities have frequently stated a commitment to including civil society in the fight against . NGOs and individual activists can effectively reach out to people with and those most vulnerable to the epidemic in ways that are difficult for authorities. needs to work with activists like Hu Jia. His incarceration does not help in the fight against .
In practice, many of our Chinese colleagues, from rural villagers to educated urban activists like Hu Jia, continue to face political harassment by authorities around the country. This summer, an and law conference in which some of us planned to participate in was shut down. In August, two offices of an AIDS organization in Henan were shut down. In December, advocate Wan Yanhai was detained. Recently, a group of rural people infected with through hospital blood transfusions who requested copies of their medical records from their hospitals were beaten by hospital staff.
Actions like these undermine the progress China has made in recent years in combating .
Advocates like Hu Jia are a critical part of the fight against . Hu Jia has inspired many, in and in other countries as well, through his work on and the rights of positive persons. He has offered support, assistance, education and information to many organizations and individuals. He has given voice to others who were afraid to speak.
needs Hu Jia in the battle against .
We respectfully request that the government drop all charges against Hu Jia and release him immediately.