Chinese dissident Hu Jia is ‘freer, not free’ after prison release

One of China‘s leading dissidents has returned home after completing the three-and-a-half year prison sentence imposed for his human rights work and championing of Aids sufferers, his wife has said.

Hu Jia, 37, was jailed for “inciting subversion of state power” in internet articles and interviews with foreign reporters. Well-known for his environmental activism and for promoting the rights of Aids patients and Tibetans among others, he won the Sakharov human rights prize while in prison.

Campaigners said he was “freer, not free” because of the strict conditions placed on him. He spent months confined to his home in Beijing even before his detention in 2008 and is assumed to be back under house arrest.

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